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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 94-99

Knowledge, attitude and practice regarding bioterrorism amongst the medical and dental interns in Dr. D.Y.patil Deemed University - A questionnaire study


1 P.G. Student, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Dr. D.Y. Patil Dental College and Hospital, Pimpri, Maharashtra, Pune, India
2 Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Dr. D.Y. Patil Dental College and Hospital, Pimpri, Maharashtra, Pune, India
3 Reader, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Dr. D.Y. Patil Dental College and Hospital, Pimpri, Maharashtra, Pune, India
4 Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Dr. D.Y. Patil Dental College and Hospital, Pimpri, Maharashtra, Pune, India

Correspondence Address:
Amit Chaudhari
P.G. Student, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Dr. D.Y. Patil Dental College and Hospital, Pimpri, Maharashtra, Pune
India
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Aim/objective: The purpose of this study was to assess the Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) regarding bioterrorism amongst the medical and dental interns of Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical and Dental College, Deemed University, Pune, Maharashtra (India). Materials and methods: A cross sectional study with validated self administered questionnaire was conducted amongst dental interns (n = 71) and medical interns (n = 64), who were present on the day of the survey. Pre-testing and internal consistency of the questionnaire was measured. Statistical analysis was done using chi-square test. Results: Almost 75% of medical and dental interns were aware of bioterrorism. But 87% of dental and 40% of medical interns were unaware of the highest priority pathogens, and 87% of dental and 59% of medical interns believed that dentists do have a role to play during bioterror attack. Conclusion: Medical interns had better knowledge, attitude and practice as compared to dental interns. But syllabi for both faculties are insufficient to provide basic information regarding bioterrorism. Hence there is need for curriculum reform as well as need for new training courses on preparedness against bioterrorism.


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