Role of patient's socioeconomic status, knowledge and attitude towards dental care on their treatment preference for root canal treatment versus extraction

Singla, Nishu and Acharya, Shashidhar and Pentapati, Kalyana Chakravarthy and Singhal, Deepak and Singla, Ritesh (2014) Role of patient's socioeconomic status, knowledge and attitude towards dental care on their treatment preference for root canal treatment versus extraction. e-Journal of Dentistry, 4 (3). pp. 630-636.

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Abstract

Objective: To assess the impact of socioeconomic status, knowledge regarding dental treatments and patients’ attitudetowards dental care in influencing their preference of treatment as in root canal treatment (RCT) versus extraction (EXT).Material and Methods: Across-sectional study consisting of a structured questionnaire on patients’ knowledge, attitude, treatment preference as well as sociodemographic variables. Participants: 377 patients, of mean age34.3 years. Clinical setting: The dental centers of Manipal College of Dental Sciences in Udupi Taluk. Main outcome measures: Chi-square and McNemars test. Results: This study showed that the participants with poorer knowledge regarding dental treatment, lower socioeconomic class and poor attitude reported to choose more EXTover RCT as compared to the other groups. After gaining the knowledge of cost and time for both treatments,participants in lower/ middle socioeconomic classes (p<0.001) and poor attitude group (p<0.001) further declined in number for opting RCT as treatment option. Conclusion: Socioeconomic status, knowledge regarding dental treatment and patients’ attitudetowards dental care had influenced the patient’s preference for treatment (RCT/EXT).As knowledge may help enhance treatment acceptability as patients decide among different options. Higher income or subsidized cost of treatment may serve to improve a cost-access barrier to dental care use and better attitudes can help make better choices.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Socioeconomic status; knowledge; Attitude; Treatment preferences.
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Manipal > Preventive and Community Dentistry
Dentistry > MCODS Manipal > Orthodontics
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2015 06:00
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2015 06:00
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/141642

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