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Financial Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Endodontic Clinics in Egypt: A Questionnaire-Based Report [Eur Endod J]
Eur Endod J. 2022; 7(2): 135-142 | DOI: 10.14744/eej.2022.15238

Financial Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Endodontic Clinics in Egypt: A Questionnaire-Based Report

Reham Hassan1, Shehab Eldin Saber2, Tarek Elsewify3
1Department of Endodontic, Minia University Faculty of Dentistry, Minia, Egypt; Department of Endodontic, The Egyptian Russian University Faculty of Dentistry, Badr City, Egypt
2Department of Endodontic, The British University in Egypt Faculty of Dentistry, Cairo, Egypt; Department of Endodontic, Ain Shams University Faculty of Dentistry, Cairo, Egypt; Center of Innovative Dental Sciences, The British University in Egypt, Cairo, Egypt
3Department of Endodontic, Ain Shams University Faculty of Dentistry, Cairo, Egypt; Department of Restorative Dental Sciences, Gulf Medical University College of Dentistry, Ajman, United Arab Emirates

Objective: To evaluate the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on endodontic clinics in Egypt.
Methods: Two hundred Egyptian endodontists holding a minimum of a master's degree were invited to participate in an online survey in March 2021. Participants accessed the survey link shared on the social media group of the Egyptian Society of Endodontology. Participants read and signed an electronic informed consent before participating in this study. The questionnaire was designed exclusively by the authors. A draft was pilot tested on a sample of 15 endodontic masters' students at The British University in Egypt. Suggestions and comments to improve clarity, content, and validity were incorporated into the revised survey. The questionnaire was divided into five sections; the first section comprised of questions about the participants' demographic details. The second section targeted the current and future financial impact of COVID-19 on practices. The third section included information about the average patient flow and the introduction of teledentistry in clinical practice. The fourth section assessed the effect of COVID-19 on the staff in the dental clinics and the changes made in response to COVID-19. The last section estimated COVID-19 prevalence among endodontists and staff. Categorical data were presented as frequencies (n) and percentages (%) and were analysed using Fisher's exact test. Quantitative data were presented as mean and standard deviation values. P-values were adjusted for multiple comparisons utilising Bonferroni correction.
Results: A total of 141 endodontists participated in the survey. The negative financial impact of COVID-19 was reported by 84.39% of the participants. Seventy-eight endodontists (55.3%) suffered from the increased cost of endodontic materials. Of the endodontist respondents, 90.8% suffered from the increased cost of PPE, 82.3% did not charge their patients more, and only 14.4% planned to charge more. A decrease in the number of referred cases for endodontic treatment has been noticed by 58.9%. About 47.5% noticed increased patient phone calls replacing patient visits. Only 12.8% have dismissed staff because of financial problems.
Conclusion: COVID-19 has negatively affected most endodontists financially and significantly affected their practices' strategies. (EEJ-2021-08-148)

Keywords: Clinic, COVID-19, endodontists, financial, pandemic, SARS-CoV-2, teledentistry

Reham Hassan, Shehab Eldin Saber, Tarek Elsewify. Financial Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Endodontic Clinics in Egypt: A Questionnaire-Based Report. Eur Endod J. 2022; 7(2): 135-142

Corresponding Author: Tarek Elsewify
Manuscript Language: English
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