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Knowledge of and attitudes toward severe acute respiratory syndrome among a cohort of dental patients in Hong Kong following a major local outbreak.
Community Dent Health. 2007 Mar; 24(1):43-8.CD

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To assess the knowledge of and attitudes toward severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) among patients attending a teaching dental hospital and private dental practices in Hong Kong during a major local SARS outbreak.

METHODS

250 dental patients were interviewed by questionnaire and 213 were interviewed by phone.

RESULTS

Less than one-third (30.0%) of the 463 respondents said they were not afraid of contracting the SARS coronavirus from their dentists and did not avoid dental treatment for that reason. Nearly three-fifths (56.7%) did not worry about contracting SARS from dental treatment. Fewer than 10% of the respondents thought that dentists ran a high risk of contracting SARS. From the patients' experiences, 85.2% and 21.7% of the dentists wore face masks and face shields, respectively, when delivering dental treatment.

CONCLUSIONS

The majority of patients interviewed had confidence in their dentists, their treatment environments, and the infection control measures taken, and were not worried about contracting SARS in the dental setting. This perception is an improvement from that described in an earlier study, in which more than half of the patients were concerned about contracting an infection during dental treatment and perceived that the infection control measures undertaken by the dental profession to prevent infectious diseases were not satisfactory. Patients, however, demanded better infection control measures during the SARS outbreak.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Oral Diagnosis, Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong, Prince Philip Dental Hospital, Hong Kong. hkyip@hkuccsua.hku.hkNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17405470

Citation

Yip, H K., et al. "Knowledge of and Attitudes Toward Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Among a Cohort of Dental Patients in Hong Kong Following a Major Local Outbreak." Community Dental Health, vol. 24, no. 1, 2007, pp. 43-8.
Yip HK, Tsang PC, Samaranayake LP, et al. Knowledge of and attitudes toward severe acute respiratory syndrome among a cohort of dental patients in Hong Kong following a major local outbreak. Community Dent Health. 2007;24(1):43-8.
Yip, H. K., Tsang, P. C., Samaranayake, L. P., & Li, A. H. (2007). Knowledge of and attitudes toward severe acute respiratory syndrome among a cohort of dental patients in Hong Kong following a major local outbreak. Community Dental Health, 24(1), 43-8.
Yip HK, et al. Knowledge of and Attitudes Toward Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Among a Cohort of Dental Patients in Hong Kong Following a Major Local Outbreak. Community Dent Health. 2007;24(1):43-8. PubMed PMID: 17405470.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Knowledge of and attitudes toward severe acute respiratory syndrome among a cohort of dental patients in Hong Kong following a major local outbreak. AU - Yip,H K, AU - Tsang,P C S, AU - Samaranayake,L P, AU - Li,A H P, PY - 2007/4/5/pubmed PY - 2007/5/5/medline PY - 2007/4/5/entrez SP - 43 EP - 8 JF - Community dental health JO - Community Dent Health VL - 24 IS - 1 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To assess the knowledge of and attitudes toward severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) among patients attending a teaching dental hospital and private dental practices in Hong Kong during a major local SARS outbreak. METHODS: 250 dental patients were interviewed by questionnaire and 213 were interviewed by phone. RESULTS: Less than one-third (30.0%) of the 463 respondents said they were not afraid of contracting the SARS coronavirus from their dentists and did not avoid dental treatment for that reason. Nearly three-fifths (56.7%) did not worry about contracting SARS from dental treatment. Fewer than 10% of the respondents thought that dentists ran a high risk of contracting SARS. From the patients' experiences, 85.2% and 21.7% of the dentists wore face masks and face shields, respectively, when delivering dental treatment. CONCLUSIONS: The majority of patients interviewed had confidence in their dentists, their treatment environments, and the infection control measures taken, and were not worried about contracting SARS in the dental setting. This perception is an improvement from that described in an earlier study, in which more than half of the patients were concerned about contracting an infection during dental treatment and perceived that the infection control measures undertaken by the dental profession to prevent infectious diseases were not satisfactory. Patients, however, demanded better infection control measures during the SARS outbreak. SN - 0265-539X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17405470/Knowledge_of_and_attitudes_toward_severe_acute_respiratory_syndrome_among_a_cohort_of_dental_patients_in_Hong_Kong_following_a_major_local_outbreak_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/dentalhealth.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -