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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 10  |  Page : 35-42

Awareness of Viral Hepatitis and Practice of Infection Control Methods among Medical and Dental Practitioners of Davangere City, India

Department of Community Dentistry, College of Dental Sciences, Kamataka - 577 004, India

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Background: The transmission of blood borne viruses in Health care workers is a potential hazard to patients as well as to the Health professionals. The recognition of professional's potential to cross infections stimulated practice of safe infection control methods. Aim of the study: To know the awareness of Viral Hepatitis and practices related to Cross-infection control among medical and dental practitioners of Davangere city, India. Methodology: This cross sectional, questionnaire based, anonymous study was conducted during the period from 1st July 2006 to 31st August 2006.All the medical and dental practitioners working in teaching institute, government hospital and private clinics of Davangere city, India constituted the study population. Data was subjected to statistical analysis using Chi square test. Results: In both the groups, 90% were aware of risk associated with Hepatitis B. Regarding Hepatitis C and Hepatitis D, medical practitioners were more aware compared to dental practitioners which was statistically significant. Conclusion: Though the awareness of respondents in relation to Hepatitis B, infection control methods and acceptance of vaccination against Hepatitis B is good, there were many areas which need to be improved.

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