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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 107-112

Effectiveness of an oral health education program for obstetrician/gynecologist residents at Tufts Medical Center


1 Pediatric Dentist at a Private Practice in East Brunswick, NJ, USA
2 Pediatric Dentist at a Private Practice in Revere, MA, USA
3 Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
4 Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA, USA
5 Professor, Postdoctoral Program Director and Chair, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA, USA

Correspondence Address:
Sara Bagher
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jispcd.JISPCD_195_17

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Aim and Objectives: To assess Tufts Medical Center obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) residents' knowledge, beliefs, and previous training in oral health and to assess the effect of an oral health educational seminar on their knowledge and beliefs. Materials and Methods: A preseminar questionnaire was distributed to the residents. The same questionnaire was distributed immediately after the seminar and 3 months later. SPSS Version 21 was used for the data analysis. Results: Convenience sample of 25 residents were included in the study. The mean (standard deviation) age of participants was 29.08 (2.47) years. Only 1 (4%) participant reported receiving >8 h previous training in oral health and 7 (28%) reported receiving <1 h of training. The nonparametric Friedman test showed a statistically significant difference between administrations in terms of total score on knowledge-based questions (P < 0.001) and some of the belief-based questions. The post hoc Wilcoxon signed-rank test with Bonferroni correction showed statistically significant improvement in the knowledge-based questions between pre- and post-seminar questionnaire (P = 0.002) and between preseminar and 3-month follow-up (P = 0.003). Conclusions: OB/GYN residents at Tufts Medical Center received limited training in oral health. Their knowledge improved significantly following the oral health educational seminar. Similar training modules can be brought to other OB/GYN residencies and OB/GYNs in an effort to enhance the symbiotic relationship between medical and dental professionals.


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