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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 9-13

Oral Health Knowledge, Attitude and Behaviors of Professional College Students - A Factor Analysis

1 Department of Community Dentistry, SDM College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Sattur, Dharwad-580009, India
2 Department of community Dentistry, Ragas Dental College, Chennai., India

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A study was conducted to assess the current Oral health Knowledge, Attitude and Behaviors among different professional college students (n=500) in Hubli - Dharwad. Karnataka state, India. Convenience samples of five professional colleges (Agricultural, Pharmacy, Law; Engineering & Medical) were selected for the study. From each college, 100 students were selected randomly by using simple random sampling procedure. A questionnaire on oral health knowledge, attitude and behaviors was presented to the five professional college students. The mean age was 22.6 years. A significant higher mean rank score of oral health knowledge was observed in medical professionals (297.20) compared to Pharmacy (248.40), Law (247.37); Engineering (243.30) and Agricultural professionals (216.15). A better attitude scores were observed in medical professionals (260.93) followed by Agriculture (256.94), Engineering (249.80), Law (246.63), and Pharmacy (238.2) professional students. But a significant higher oral health behavioral scores were observed in Pharmacy (272.59) followed by Law (269.76), Agriculture (265.24), Engineering (254.59) and Medical professionals (189.33). The results imply medical professionals have significantly better oral health knowledge scores (H=43.7600, <().01, S) and attitude scores (H=19.1800, <0.01, S) compared to other professional students. But, Pharmacy professionals have significant higher behavioral scores (H=52.3400, <0.01, S) than the other professionals. The highest percentage (61%) of variation was observed in attitude scores followed by 59% in oral health knowledge scores and 43% in behavioral scores between the five professional students.

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