Knowledge, perceptions, and attitudes of dental students towards obesity

Awan, K.H. and Khan, S. and Abadeen, Z. and Khalid, T. (2016) Knowledge, perceptions, and attitudes of dental students towards obesity. Saudi Dental Journal, 28 (1). pp. 44-48. ISSN 1013-9052, DOI

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Aims: Obesity is a chronic medical condition associated with various oral health problems. The aim of this study was to assess the knowledge, perceptions, and attitudes of dental students towards obesity. Material and methods: Second-, third-, and fourth-year dental students completed a self-administered questionnaire. An ethics committee approved the study. Participants were asked questions focused on three areas: (i) knowledge, (ii) perceptions, and (iii) attitudes about obesity. Data analyses were carried out using SPSS version 20. Results: Among the dental students, 78.9% received 0-1. h of formal education about obesity. The mean score of the total time allocated for obesity-related education was 1.31. ±. 0.23. h. Eighty-nine percent of the dental students agreed that obesity is a chronic medical condition, 30% agreed that they would modify their equipment and office furniture to accommodate obese patients, and 46.8% were interested in learning more about obesity in dental school. Conclusion: Obesity-related education should be implemented as a formal component of dental student training. Oral health practitioners should also provide their patients with information about how weight loss is beneficial to both general and oral health.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Obesity; Dental students; Knowledge; Questionnaire study
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2017 03:42
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2017 03:42

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