COVID-19 pandemic and impact on dental education

perception of Brazilian dental students

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https://doi.org/10.20396/bjos.v22i00.8667471

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Education, dental, Students, dental, Dentistry, COVID-19, Pandemics

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Aim: The aim of the present study is to assess the perception of undergraduate students on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Brazilian dental education. Methods: This crosssectional study was conducted using an online questionnaire hosted in Google Forms platform and publicized on Instagram® and Facebook®. The questionnaire was available between July 8-27, 2020. Absolute and relative frequencies were obtained for variables of interest using Pearson’s chi-squared and considering 95% confidence intervals. Prevalence of learning resource variables according to self-reported skin color, educational institution, and Brazilian region were presented using equiplots. Results: A total of 1,050 undergraduate dental students answered the questionnaire. Most students reported being in full-distance learning mode. Among the undergraduate students, 65.4% reported perceiving a very high impact in dental education, and 16.6% of students reported not being able to follow distance learning. In addition, 14% reported not having a personal laptop or desktop to study with, with this condition being more prevalent among non-white than white individuals. Conclusion: We conclude that Brazilian dental students perceived a high impact of COVID-19 on dental education, as well as one-sixth of the students reported not having adequate resources to continue with distance learning. It is important that different policies are developed at the institutional and governmental levels to reduce the impact of the pandemic on dental education.

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Clarissa de Aguiar Dias , Federal University of Pelotas

Post-Graduate Program in Dentistry, Federal University of Pelotas, Pelotas, RS, Brazil.

Sarah Arangurem Karam, Federal University of Pelotas

Post-Graduate Program in Dentistry, Federal University of Pelotas, Pelotas, RS, Brazil.

Catarina Borges da Fonseca Cumerlato, Federal University of Pelotas

Post-Graduate Program in Dentistry, Federal University of Pelotas, Pelotas, RS, Brazil.

Letícia Regina Morello Sartori, Federal University of Pelotas

Post-Graduate Program in Dentistry, Federal University of Pelotas, Pelotas, RS, Brazil.

Matheus dos Santos Fernandez, Federal University of Pelotas

Faculty of Dentistry, Federal University of Pelotas, RS, Brazil.

Nathália Ribeiro Jorge da Silva, Federal University of Pelotas

Post-Graduate Program in Dentistry, Federal University of Pelotas, Pelotas, RS, Brazil.

Camila Hubner Bielavski, Federal University of Pelotas

Faculty of Dentistry, Federal University of Pelotas, RS, Brazil.

Alexandre Emidio Ribeiro Silva, Federal University of Pelotas

Post-Graduate Program in Dentistry, Federal University of Pelotas, Pelotas, RS, Brazil.

Eduardo Dickie de Castilhos, Federal University of Pelotas

Post-Graduate Program in Dentistry, Federal University of Pelotas, Pelotas, RS, Brazil.

Marcos Britto Correa, Federal University of Pelotas

Post-Graduate Program in Dentistry, Federal University of Pelotas, Pelotas, RS, Brazil.

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2022-12-02

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Dias C de A, Karam SA, Cumerlato CB da F, Sartori LRM, Fernandez M dos S, Silva NRJ da, Bielavski CH, Silva AER, Dickie de Castilhos E, Correa MB. COVID-19 pandemic and impact on dental education: perception of Brazilian dental students. Braz. J. Oral Sci. [Internet]. 2022 Dec. 2 [cited 2023 Feb. 8];22(00):e237471. Available from: https://periodicos.sbu.unicamp.br/ojs/index.php/bjos/article/view/8667471

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