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Dong 2020zFirst Published: 2021 Jul 21Updated Date: 2021 Jul 21

Impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic on the department of stomatology in a tertiary hospital: a case study in the General Hospital of the Central Theater Command, Wuhan, China (preprint)

  1. Study Type
  2. Observational
  1. Study Aim
  2. Other
  3. Health Services Research
  1. Study Design
  2. Time Series
  1. Intervention Assignment
  2. Not Applicable
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Impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic on the department of stomatology in a tertiary hospital: a case study in the General Hospital of the Central Theater Command, Wuhan, China (preprint)

Dong Q, Kuria A, Weng Y, Liu Y, Cao Y
Unpublished article (preprint)
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Objectives: The aim of this study is to depict the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on the clinical services and academic activities in the department of stomatology of a tertiary hospitals in Wuhan, China. Methods: We obtained historical data of the Department of Stomatology from the Health Information System of the General Hospital of Central Theater Command, Wuhan, China between January 2018 and June 2020. Line plots were used to illustrate temporal trend of the variables. Mean ± standard deviation and median with interquartile range were used to summarize the variables. The Kruskal-Wallis equality-of-populations rank test was used to compare the difference between groups. Results: A significant decrease was noted in the monthly average number of patients seeking the outpatient services for the year 2020. The monthly numbers of patients seeking outpatient services were decreased by two thirds from 2018 to 2020. The number of emergency cases also decreased significantly by 64% in 2020. The monthly number of teaching hours decreased from 3.8 ± 1.5 in 2018 and 4.7 ± 1.4 in 2019 to 1.7 ± 1.9 in 2020. The number of interns also decreased more than 70% in 2020. Conclusions: The impacts of COVID 19 in the stomatology clinic were significant with notable decreases in clinical services and education offered to the stomatology students. We must find solutions to keep as many as needed dental profession stay on thriving and to remain on the frontline of healthcare.Competing Interest StatementThe authors have declared no competing interest.Funding StatementThe authors did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.Author DeclarationsI confirm all relevant ethical guidelines have been followed, and any necessary IRB and/or ethics committee approvals have been obtained.YesThe details of the IRB/oversight body that provided approval or exemption for the research described are given below:There were no human subjects involved in the study, and only aggregated data were used in the analysis, and no private and confidential information could be disclosed, therefore the ethical approval is not applicable.All necessary patient/participant consent has been obtained and the appropriate institutional forms have been archived.YesI understand that all clinical trials and any other prospective interventional studies must be registered with an ICMJE-approved registry, such as ClinicalTrials.gov. I confirm that any such study reported in the manuscript has been registered and the trial registration ID is provided (note: if posting a prospective study registered retrospectively, please provide a statement in the trial ID field explaining why the study was not registered in advance).Yes I have followed all appropriate research reporting guidelines and uploaded the relevant EQUATOR Network research reporting checklist(s) and other pertinent material as supplementary files, if applicable.YesData available on request from the first author. [Preprints are preliminary reports of work that have not been peer reviewed. Refer to the original preprint or preprint server for specific information about the individual preprint.]
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Impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic on the department of stomatology in a tertiary hospital: a case study in the General Hospital of the Central Theater Command, Wuhan, China

Dong Q, Kuria A, Weng Y, Liu Y, Cao Y
Journal article
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OBJECTIVE: The impact of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic on the dental community is evident. Dental education programmes and academic activities have suffered from the ramifications of the pandemic. This study aimed to depict the impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic on the clinical services and academic activities in the department of stomatology of a tertiary hospital in Wuhan, China. METHODS: We obtained historical data of the Department of Stomatology from the Health Information System of the General Hospital of Central Theater Command, Wuhan, China between January 2018 and June 2020. Mean, standard deviation and median with interquartile range were used to summarize the variables. Line plots were used to illustrate the temporal trend. The Kruskal-Wallis equality-of-populations rank test was used to compare the difference between groups. RESULTS: A significant decrease was noted in the monthly average number of patients seeking outpatient services for the year 2020, which were decreased by two-thirds from 2018 to 2020. The number of emergency cases also decreased significantly by 57.6% in 2020. The monthly number of teaching hours decreased from 3.8 ± 1.5 in 2018 and 4.7 ± 1.4 in 2019 to 1.7 ± 1.9 in 2020. The number of interns also decreased by more than 77.0% in 2020. CONCLUSIONS: The impacts of COVID-19 in the stomatology clinic were significant with notable decreases in clinical services and education offered to the stomatology students. There is a need to find solutions to keep as many dental professionals as needed remaining on the frontline of oral health care