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The study team will conduct a feasibility study to develop and test out procedures for improved triage and COVID-19 testing in dental practices to increase safety and perceptions of the safety of Dental Health Care Workers (DHCW) and their patients. DHCWs in offices with Practice-Based Regional Network (PBRN) members and their patients will be recruited to participate in one of two protocols. The first, point-of-care (POC), will test out procedures for point-of-care SARS-CoV-2 antigen testing in the dental office along with enhanced triage using pulse oximeters. The second, laboratory (LAB), will test out procedures for a saliva-based laboratory SARS-CoV-2 viral test along with enhanced triage. The feasibility of implementing COVID-related testing and enhanced triage procedures in the dental setting will provide preliminary data to inform a larger network-wide study grant application.

Clinical Trial Description

Data derived from this research would enable dental health care workers to return to work, providing essential oral health care services in the safest possible environment. It will provide patients with confidence that they could resume seeking dental care under optimal conditions that ensure their well-being. The specific aims of this proposal are divided into three parts. The first aim is to apply the Delphi methodology, selecting a facilitator, a panel of experts, defining the problem, addressing the problem with several iterations, and coming to a consensus solution. The second aim is will address the concerns and recommended solutions proposed by the Delphi group and formulated into pragmatic improvements that can be applied to improved practice procedures that can be formulated into testable hypotheses that can be incorporated into a practice strategy for the future of dentistry. Pragmatic and novel methodological changes developed by the investigative team will be presented once again to the Delphi group to gain their approval and/or recommended modifications. Our overarching goal is to test these "improved" strategies in a pilot study and as such the investigators are looking to incorporate two to three methodological suggestions that can be fit into a pragmatic re-design of "best dental practices". Thus, the third aim is designed to test these "best dental practice" approaches in a pilot study. The goal of the third aim is to evaluate how each of these strategies can be applied to different office settings. The data derived from this approach will be used to provide a sample size calculation for a larger study using the PBRN framework for office participation. The all-encompassing aim of the study is to develop a new way of approaching dental practice that ensures a sense of security and practicality for both patients and health professionals. The hypothesis to be tested derived from these aims relates to the structured development of several methodologies that can be applied to dental practice. These methodologic improvements in dental practice will be based on the most current scientific knowledge that can be applied to ensure safety in a dental office setting. To re-iterate the purpose of this study developed from the three aims proposed is to assess and compare each of the pragmatic models developed such that a sample size calculation can be computed. The pilot study design and the sample size calculation derived from this pilot data will compare two to three pragmatic/innovative modifications in the current practice guidelines and provide an estimate that can utilize the larger PBRN framework to best determine the generalizability of the models chosen for study. ;

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NCT number NCT05123742
Study type Observational
Source Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Contact Julie E Chapman-Greene, PhD
Phone 973-972-3620
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Start date November 15, 2021
Completion date December 30, 2022

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