An Evaluation of Knowledge, Awareness, Attitudes, and Behaviors Regarding COVID-19 Among Parents of Pediatric Dental Patients


CEYHAN D., KIRZIOĞLU Z., YILDIRIM F.

CLINICAL PEDIATRICS, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/00099228211059881
  • Journal Name: CLINICAL PEDIATRICS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL, EBSCO Education Source, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Public Affairs Index, Veterinary Science Database
  • Keywords: child health, COVID-19, knowledge, parents, pediatrics

Abstract

Children infected with COVID-19 have a critical part in community-based viral transmission. This study aimed to evaluate knowledge, awareness, attitudes, and behaviors of parents of pediatric dental patients on COVID-19 and to present required actions to prevent its spreading. A total of 524 parents took part in this cross-sectional study. A self-administered questionnaire was prepared for determining sociodemographic characteristics and socioeconomic status of parents, along with their COVID-19-related knowledge, awareness, attitudes, and behaviors. In total, 90.6% of parents were unaware that disease may show no symptoms; 61.1% and 32.6% did not know roles of "close contact with asymptomatic patients" and "dentistry practices" in transmission, respectively; 30.2% thought it could be transmitted to their children at dental clinics, and only 16.4% stated their children as carriers. Parents need to be informed on COVID-19 transmission through contact with asymptomatic individuals, risks associated with dentistry practices, and role of children in transmission.