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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 36-39

Oral health knowledge, attitude and practices among nursing students of Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Piparia, Vadodara, Gujarat


1 Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, K.M. Shah Dental College and Hospital, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Waghodia, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
2 Reader, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, K.M. Shah Dental College and Hospital, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Waghodia, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
3 P.G Student, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, K.M. Shah Dental College and Hospital, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Waghodia, Vadodara, Gujarat, India

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C G Ajithkrishnan
Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, K.M. Shah Dental College and Hospital, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Waghodia, Vadodara, Gujarat
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Aim: To assess the Oral health knowledge, attitude and practices of Nursing Students of Sumandeep Vidyapeeth Piparia, Vadodara, Gujarat Material & Methods: The study population comprised of 97 under graduate Nursing students. All the nursing students of Sumandeep Vidyapeeth were included. A self designed, pre-tested, close-ended questionnaire was developed for collection of data consisting of 23 questionsregarding oral health knowledge, attitude and practice and also to assess the oral health knowledge, attitude and practices of Nursing Students. Statistical analysis was done using chi-square test and p < 0.05 was selected in describing the level of significance. Result: Nursing student's knowledge regarding oral health was57.7% while attitude and practice were 67% and 53.6% respectively.92% of nursing students had positive attitude towards incorporation of oral health information in their study course while the main source of knowledge for the 72.2% of subjects was dentist. Conclusion: Nursing student's knowledge regarding oral health was satisfactory while attitude and practice were poor.The nursing student's were moderately informed regarding various issues pertaining to oral health. However, a few deficiencies were noticed in this regards and recommendations have been suggested.


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