Study Protocol for an Online Questionnaire Survey on Symptoms/Signs, Protective Measures, Level of Awareness and Perception Regarding COVID-19 Outbreak among Dentists. A Global Survey

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 Aug 3;17(15):5598. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17155598.


The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have developed preparedness and prevention checklists for healthcare professionals regarding the containment of COVID-19. The aim of the present protocol is to evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak among dentists in different countries where various prevalence of the epidemic has been reported. Several research groups around the world were contacted by the central management team. The online anonymous survey will be conducted on a convenience sample of dentists working both in national health systems and in private or public clinics. In each country/area, a high (~5-20%) proportion of dentists working there will be invited to participate. The questionnaire, developed and standardized previously in Italy, has four domains: (1) personal data; (2) symptoms/signs relative to COVID-19; (3) working conditions and PPE (personal protective equipment) adopted after the infection's outbreak; (4) knowledge and self-perceived risk of infection. The methodology of this international survey will include translation, pilot testing, and semantic adjustment of the questionnaire. The data will be entered on an Excel spreadsheet and quality checked. Completely anonymous data analyses will be performed by the central management team. This survey will give an insight into the dental profession during COVID-19 pandemic globally.

Keywords: COVID-19; awareness; dentist; infection; infection control; protective measures.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Betacoronavirus / isolation & purification*
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology*
  • Coronavirus Infections / virology
  • Dentists / psychology*
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Female
  • Health Personnel
  • Humans
  • Italy / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Pandemics / prevention & control
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / virology
  • Prevalence
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Surveys and Questionnaires