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Factors associated with the reduction of dental care appointments in Primary Health Care in Brazil with the emergence of COVID-19: cross-sectional study, 2020

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https://doi.org/10.1590/S1679-49742022000100015

Keywords:

Dental Health Services, Primary Health Care, COVID-19, Personal Protective Equipment, Cross-Sectional Studies

Abstract

Objective: To analyze the associated factors of reductions for dental visits performed in Primary Health Care (PHC) in Brazil during COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: Crosssectional study with PHC dentists. The outcome was a reduction in dental care
appointments and that the exposure variables included sociodemographic factors, aspects about personal protective clothing and equipment (PPE) and measures adopted by the Basic Health Unit (UBS) in Brazil after the appearance of COVID. Poisson regression was performed, used to determine the prevalence ratio and 95% confidence interval. Results: Reduction in visits above 50% after the onset of the pandemic was reported by 62.6% of 958 participating. Biosafety protocols (PR=1.04 – 95%CI 1.01;1.07), PPE suggested by the protocols (PR=0.94 – 95%CI 0.89;0.99), and telescreening (PR=0.90 – 95%CI 0.85;0.96) were factors associated with this reduction. Conclusion: The availability of the new PPE and the implementation of telescreening at UBS seem to have minimized the reduction in dental care after the onset of the pandemic

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03/14/2022

How to Cite

Danigno, J. F., Echeverria, M. S., Tillmann, T. F. F., Liskoski, B. V., Silveira, M. G. de S. e S., Fernandez, M. dos S., Silva, N. R. J. da, Laroque, M. B., & Silva, A. E. R. (2022). Factors associated with the reduction of dental care appointments in Primary Health Care in Brazil with the emergence of COVID-19: cross-sectional study, 2020. In SciELO Preprints. https://doi.org/10.1590/S1679-49742022000100015

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Health Sciences