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Academic perspectives and psychosocial aspects of final-year dental students during COVID-19 pandemic

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Author(s):
Mariana Barbosa Câmara-Souza [1] ; Fabiana Han Na Kim [2] ; Olívia Maria Costa de Figueredo [3] ; Renata Cunha Matheus Rodrigues Garcia [4]
Total Authors: 4
Affiliation:
[1] University of Campinas. Piracicaba Dental School. Department of Prosthodontics and Periodontology - Brasil
[2] University of Campinas. Piracicaba Dental School. Department of Prosthodontics and Periodontology - Brasil
[3] University of Campinas. Piracicaba Dental School. Department of Prosthodontics and Periodontology - Brasil
[4] University of Campinas. Piracicaba Dental School. Department of Prosthodontics and Periodontology - Brasil
Total Affiliations: 4
Document type: Journal article
Source: Braz. J. Oral Sci.; v. 21, 2022-04-15.
Abstract

Aim This cross-sectional observational study aimed to evaluate the influence of the Universities lockdown measures on academic perspectives and psychosocial aspects of Brazilian final-year dental students. Methods 268 undergraduate students regularly enrolled in a Dentistry course at public universities were asked about anxiety, depression, stress sensitivity, and their academic perspectives by using an online survey. The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) was used to measure anxiety and depression, while the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) evaluated stress levels. The academic perspective was evaluated by five affirmatives regarding possible difficulties that will be faced when school reopens and after graduation. The possible association between fear of having COVID-19 with psychosocial outcomes and COVID-19 association with academic perspectives were analyzed by ANOVA and chi-square tests, respectively, considering a significance level of 5%. Results Considering possible associations between the fear of having COVID-19 and psychosocial aspects, significant values were found for anxiety (P = 0.018) and stress sensitivity (P = 0.002). Regarding students’ academic perspectives, COVID-19 had significant impact on less opportunity to perform procedures (P = 0.023), additional expenses with personal protective equipment (P = 0.007), and concerns of consulting elderly people (P = 0.012). Conclusion The COVID-19 pandemic led to increased psychological impairments and enlarged concerns with learning and biosecurity, which might impact academic perspectives. Thus, being aware of these apprehensions, university professors and staff can improve the clinical training of final-year dental students in an empathetic way. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 17/23429-3 - Influence of behavioral therapies on awake bruxism, biopsychosocial factors and orofacial pain: randomized controlled clinical trial
Grantee:Mariana Barbosa Câmara de Souza
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate