General Dental Practitioners as Potential Responders to Disaster Scenario in a Highly Disaster-prone Area: An Explorative Study

*, Rajesh G and *, Almas Binnal and Pai, Mithun B.H. and Nayak, Vijayendranath and Shenoy, Ramya and Rao, Ashwini (2017) General Dental Practitioners as Potential Responders to Disaster Scenario in a Highly Disaster-prone Area: An Explorative Study. Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice, 18 (12). pp. 1144-1152. ISSN 15263711

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Abstract

Aim: The aim of this study is to obtain insights pertaining to disaster management among Indian general dental practitioners (GDPs). Materials and methods: All GDPs in Mangaluru city, Karnataka, India, were included in the present study. Their willingness to participate in disaster management and their objective knowledge, attitude, behavior, and perceived effectiveness related to disaster management were assessed by a structured, pretested, self-administered questionnaire. Demographic information was also collected. Results: Overall, 101 GDPs volunteered for the study, and 96.04% of respondents were willing to participate in disaster management. Mean knowledge, attitude, behavior, and perceived effectiveness scores were 52.65, 79.60, 41.55, and 64.20% respectively. Religion (odds ratio [OR] = −0.194, p = 0.022), marital status (OR = −0.222, p = 0.040), attachment to college (OR = −0.256, p = 0.037), familiarity with standard operating procedures (SOP; OR = −0.502, p = 0.000), and knowledge (OR = 0.265, p = 0.003) were significant predictors of behavior. Conclusion: The GDPs reported knowledge and behavior scores which were low, while their attitude and willingness to participate were high. Demographic determinants might be critical indicators in disaster management scenario among GDPs

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dentists, Disaster management, Health care delivery system, Policy implications, Survey.
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Mangalore > Public Health Dentistry
Dentistry > MCODS Mangalore > Oral Medicine and Radiology
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2017 09:43
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2017 09:43
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/150188

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