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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 57-60

Assessment of Knowledge and Attitude of Dentists Toward Bioterrorism Awareness in Dhule (Maharashtra, India): A Cross-sectional Survey


1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, ACPM Dental College, Dhule, India
2 Principal, Professor and Head, Department of Public Health Dentistry, ACPM Dental College, Dhule, India
3 Reader, Department of Public Health Dentistry, ACPM Dental College, Dhule, India
4 Senior Lecturer, Department of Prosthodontics, ACPM Dental College, Dhule, India
5 Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Health Dentistry, ACPM Dental College, Dhule, India

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DOI: 10.4103/jiaphd.jiaphd_158_16

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Introduction: Bioterrorism, as a major health problem, has received lots of attention in the recent years. It is the intentional use of microorganisms and toxins to produce disease and death in humans, livestock, and crops; their attraction in war and their use in terrorist attacks are attributed to various unique features. Aim: To assess the knowledge and attitude of graduate dentists and postgraduate dentists toward bioterrorism in Dhule city, Maharashtra (India). Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study included graduate dentists and postgraduate dentists in Dhule, Maharashtra, India. The list of dentists of Dhule city was obtained from the Indian Dental Association office, Dhule branch. Among 110 dentists practicing in Dhule city, 97 responded. A structured, self-administered questionnaire consisting of 15 closed-ended questions was employed. The information regarding age, gender, and profession (specialty branch) was collected. The data were tabulated and subjected to analysis using Pearson’s chi-square test. Results: Statistically significant difference was seen when knowledge and attitude of dentists and dentists with postgraduate qualification toward bioterrorism were compared (P < 0.05). Conclusion: Dentists with postgraduate qualification have better knowledge and attitude toward bioterrorism as compared to graduate dentists. Most of the dentists felt the need to educate the public regarding suspected bioterrorist attack, and they were willing to do so and had the confidence that it was preventable.


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