Undergraduate dental students' perspective of online learning and their physical and mental health during COVID-19 pandemic

Etajuri, Enas Abdalla and Mohd, Noorhayati Raja and Naimie, Zahra and Ahmad, Norasmatul Akma (2022) Undergraduate dental students' perspective of online learning and their physical and mental health during COVID-19 pandemic. PLoS ONE, 17 (6). ISSN 1932-6203, DOI https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0270091.

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Background and objective COVID-19 pandemic continuously spread exacerbating global concerns. It had impacted all life aspects such as social, cultural, economic and education. This study assess the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on undergraduate dental students at Faculty of Dentistry, University of Malaya. The objective of this study is to evaluate the impact of the pandemic on physical and mental health of undergraduate dental students. Methods This is a cross-sectional study. An online questionnaire was administrated to 150 undergraduate dental students. The questionnaire included questions related to students' demographic data, their concerns on academic achievement, their opinion on institution response, and the impact of the crisis on their mental and physical health. SPSS software v26.0 was used to analyse the collected data. Results A total of 147 respondents participated in the study. About 66% of the students felt comfortable in adapting to the new technology while 85.7% were concerned about the quality of online learning. Almost all students 98.6% expressed their doubts on the ability to pass the competency exams and to graduate on time, with only 49.7% agreed that clinical experience was effectively delivered through online classes. Most students were also concerned on the impact of the pandemic on their physical and emotional health 85.8% and 76.9% respectively. Conclusions The findings of our study highlight the positive adaptation of the students to online learning and using technology. On the other hand, the study indicates that the COVID-19 pandemic brings negative impacts on our students' physical and mental health.

Item Type: Article
Funders: None
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19; Cross-sectional studies; Education, Distance; Humans; Mental health; Pandemics; Students, Dental
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Dentistry
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2023 16:00
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2023 16:00
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/41487

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