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dc.contributor.authorKajal, K.
dc.contributor.authorMohammadnezhad, Masoud
dc.date.accessioned2023-07-09T11:39:58Z
dc.date.accessioned2023-07-19T07:24:46Z
dc.date.available2023-07-09T11:39:58Z
dc.date.available2023-07-19T07:24:46Z
dc.date.issued2023-06-27
dc.identifier.citationKaja K and Mohammadnezhad M (2023) Effect of COVID-19 on dental service delivery in Fiji: Perspective of Dental Officers (Dos) and Dental Managers (DMs) PLoS ONE. 18(6): 1-22.
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/19514
dc.descriptionYes
dc.description.abstractCorona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) has had significant impact on dentistry in Fiji. Due to lack of previous study, this study aims to explore the perspective of Dental Officers (DOs) and Dental Managers (DMs) on the effects of COVID-19 on dental service delivery in Fiji Islands. This qualitative study was conducted amongst 30 DOs and 17 DMs between 9th August to 12th September, 2021. It was conducted in the government dental clinics, private dental clinics and the School of Dentistry and Oral Health clinic (SDOH), in the Central Division, Fiji. The study settings were randomly selected. Purposive sampling method was used for the selection of participants who met the study criteria. Semi-structure open ended questionnaires were used for data collection through in-depth interviews via zoom. Manual thematic analysis of the data was conducted to derive themes and codes. The participants interviewed for the study included more female DOs (66.7%) and male DMs (58.8%). Seven themes emerged from data analysis: range of services delivered, appointment versus walk-in patients for aerosol generating procedures (AGPs), impact of pandemic on clinic opening hours, impact of COVID-19 on patient numbers, quality of services delivered, resources and infrastructure, perceptions about the burden of disease. COVID-19 has significantly affected dental service delivery. Mostly emergency dental services were delivered. AGPs were delivered on appointment basis. Most participants stated the quality of services had improved. Participants stated that they were not given adequate resources and the infrastructure was not up to standard to provide dental services during the pandemic. The dental disease burden had increased during the pandemic as per the participants. Future research can be conducted amongst other dental professionals in other divisions of the country.
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rights(c) 2023 The Authors. This is an Open Access article distributed under the Creative Commons CC-BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
dc.subjectPandemics
dc.subjectCOVID-19
dc.subjectGovernments
dc.subjectFiji
dc.subjectAerosols
dc.subjectOral health
dc.subjectSchools
dc.titleEffect of COVID-19 on dental service delivery in Fiji: Perspective of Dental Officers (Dos) and Dental Managers (DMs)
dc.status.refereedYes
dc.date.Accepted2023-06-11
dc.typeArticle
dc.type.versionPublished version
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0287886
dc.rights.licenseCC-BY
dc.date.updated2023-07-09T11:40:00Z
refterms.dateFOA2023-07-19T07:25:37Z
dc.openaccess.statusopenAccess


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