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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 11-17

Oral health related knowledge, attitude and practices among the primary health care workers of a district in India

1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Kamineni Institute of Dental Sciences, Nalgonda District, Vikarabad, India
2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sri Sai College of Dental Surgery, Vikarabad, India
3 Department of Public Health Dentistry, MNR Dental College, Andhra Pradesh, India
4 Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Sri Venkata Sai Institute of Dental Sciences, Mahabubnagar, Telangana, India

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DOI: 10.4103/2231-0762.144563

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Aim: To assess the knowledge, attitude, and practices of the primary health care workers in our country. Materials and Methods: Data was gathered by means of a closed-ended questionnaire form. A total of 30 primary health centers (PHCs) and 60 subcenters (SCs) were included in the study. Frequency distribution was used together with Chi-square tests and analysis of variance (ANOVA) in this study. A P value of < 0.05 was considered significant. Results: Only 40% of the primary health care workers knew that dental caries is multifactorial, majority of them could not identify the symptoms of gum diseases, a meager number of the primary health care workers (28%) knew about the oral health aspects of a pregnant lady, and with the exception of doctors, the other health care workers were not sure of the etiology of oral cancer. Conclusion: About one-tenth of the primary care workers had high knowledge regarding oral health, only one-tenth of them had highly favorable oral health attitudes, and 9% of them had highly favorable oral health practices.

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