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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 12  |  Page : 40-44

Oral Health Knowledge, Attitude and Practices amongst Nursing Students in Lucknow City


Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, Sardar Patel Postgraduate Institute of Dental & Medical Sciences, Lucknow. U.P, India

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Background: Oral health is an important part of total health. Oral health can no longer be seen as merely the absence of oral disease or infirmity. It is a part of everyday living and is an essential dimension to the quality of life. Objective: To know the factors of knowledge & attitude which can influence the level of oral health. Methods: A descriptive study was done to assess the oral health knowledge, attitude and practices amongst nursing students in Lucknow city. In the total 224 number of nursing students have answered the survey form. 25 self administered close-ended I pre-tested structured questionnaire were distributed, to assess the oral health knowledge, attitude and practices amongst nursing students in Lucknow city. Results: It was found that majority of them i.e. 68.30% had fair knowledge about oral health, 30.36% had good knowledge status and 1.34% had poor knowledge. When knowledge was compared with the source of information. 68 with fair and 48 with good amount of knowledge got it from parents/ teachers. 58 with fair and 9 with good knowledge from radio/ t.v. while only 22 with fair and 7 with good amount of knowledge got it from dental surgeons/general physicians. Conclusion: This study is the first of its kind in Lucknow city which hence provided valuable information on the present oral health knowledge, attitude & practices of nursing students. Reasonable knowledge was demonstrated but some deficiencies were evident


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