Knowledge and Attitude towards Evidence based practice among Dental Practitioners of Bangalore City - Questionnaire Survey
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Vydehi Institute of Dental Sciences and Research centre, Bangalore, India
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Aim: To assess the knowledge and attitude towards evidence based practice among dental practitioners of Bangalore city.
Materials and methods: A cross sectional survey was conducted on a sample of 200 dentists in Bangalore city. The survey instrument consisted of 18 pre tested structured questions. The questionnaire was distributed to dentist and collected personally.
Results: Of the respondents, 73.5% were B.D.S and 26.5% were with M.D.S qualification. Most of them 78% were practicing for 2-5 yrs. The knowledge score between BDS, MDS groups were significant (p 0.001). The correlation between knowledge and attitude in practitioners with BDS degree was found (0.009) to be no association. Where as for MDS found (0.034) to be negligible association.
Conclusion: Dental practitioners surveyed in this study were enthusiastic & expressed a desire to find out more information about evidence based dentistry. It appears to be the right time for an educational programme targeted at general dental practitioners to enhance their knowledge and use of evidence based dentistry in every day practice, using a systematic approach with strategic planning.