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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 905-909

A study of computer literacy and its usage among dental post graduate students in Bengaluru City


1 Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, The Oxford Dental College, Bengaluru, India
2 P.G. Student, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, The Oxford Dental College, Bengaluru, India
3 Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, The Oxford Dental College, Bengaluru, India
4 Reader, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, The Oxford Dental College, Bengaluru, India

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N Vanishree
Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, The Oxford Dental College, Bengaluru
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Introduction The effective use of computers, information and information technology has become necessary competence for the oral health care professionals and students. Numerous consensus documents place a strong emphasis in generic and field-specific computer literacy, especially with in the field of academic oral health care education. Hence the aim of our study was to assess the computer literacy and its usage among dental post-graduate students in Bangalore city. Materials and methods A total of 741 post-graduate dental students from 9 specialties, from 14 dental colleges of Bangalore city, affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, were selected for the study. Data were collected through the self administered questionnaire. Results 483 post-graduate students responded to the survey, resulting in a response rate of 65.18%. The mean age of the participants was 27.5 years. There were 47% males and 53% females who participated in the study. Out of these 38.7% were in first year, 34.2% were in second year and 27.1% were in third year. 54.7% of the students were using computers everyday, 33.3% were using 2 to 3 days a week, 11.6% were using once a week and 0.4% were using once a month for their academic activities. When students were asked to grade their general computer skills (Windows, Microsoft Office and internet) 2.9% graded as 'unable or beginner', 45.1% graded as 'competent in some basic skills' and 52% graded as 'competent in most skills'. Conclusion The computer literacy of dental post-graduate students of Bangalore city is adequate. Most of the students are competent in the basic skills. Students had the positive attitudes towards the implementation of computer courses in their college and also basic computer literacy should be a part of undergraduate dental program as a supplementary tools of learning.


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