Socio economic challenges and coping strategies against COVID-19 among dentists of Nepal

Challenges and coping strategies against COVID-19 among dentists



COVID - 19, coping mechanisms, dentists, financial impact


Introduction: COVID-19 has posed various challenges to health care professionals including dentists. We aimed to study financial impact, socio- economic challenges, coping strategies and areas where dentists of Nepal require support during the current pandemic.

Method: A descriptive study was conducted among registered dentists currently involved in clinical practice in Nepal. Data was collected via semi-structured online google form during the period of August – October 2020 through non-probability sampling. The online responses from google forms were transformed to datasheets which were analyzed using Microsoft Excel and summarized using descriptive statistics.


More than a quarter (127, 29.8%) of the dentists were not able to practice dentistry during the pandemic. Among the salaried dentists, 113 (34.2%) of them did not receive any salary and 67 (15.7%) lost their jobs. More than 50% percent of decline in monthly income was experienced by 80 (18.7%). The most common challenge faced by the dentists was reduced income (95.2%) followed by access to PPE and sanitizers (72.9%). Social distancing was the most common (87.2%) coping strategy followed by strict use of PPE (86.9%), acquiring correct information regarding prevention of COVID-19 (76.8%). Provision of PPE was the area where 147 dentists needed the most support (36.4%) followed by cash allowance (31.7%) and rent waiver (28.4%).

Conclusion: The study showed that dentists in Nepal are facing serious financial challenges due to the current pandemic. The current study highlights a need to create a support system for dentists to sustain their clinical practice during the pandemic.

Author Biographies

Reshu Agrawal Sagtani, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Nepal

Assistant Professor, School of Public Health

Pravindra Adhikari, 32 Smiles Dental Clinic, Lalitpur, Nepal

General Dental Practitioner

Siddharth Dixit, Siddhi Dentistree Pvt. Ltd., Kathmandu, Nepal


Punam Basnet Dixit, Siddhi Dentistree Pvt. Ltd., Kathmandu, Nepal


Alok Sagtani, Kathmandu Medical College Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal

Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery v9i3.52218