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Knowledge and attitude towards droplet and airborne isolation precautions and it’s correlation among Indian dental students

Acharya, Shashidhar (2011) Knowledge and attitude towards droplet and airborne isolation precautions and it’s correlation among Indian dental students. International Journal of Infection Control, 7 (1). pp. 1-7. ISSN 1996-9783

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Abstract

To determine level of knowledge and attitude towards droplet and airborne isolation precautions among Indian dental students. A questionnaire study was conducted among 212 dental students from India. The self administered questionnaire consisted of two parts (knowledge and attitude). The validity of questionnaire was assessed using Cronbach’s alpha internal consistency coefficient. For knowledge and attitude the frequency of answers and the mean and standard deviations were computed. Spearman’s correlation coefficient (r) was used to compute the correlation between knowledge and attitude. A p value of ≤0.05 was considered significant for all statistical analyses. The mean scores of knowledge for interns, final year and third year were 8.2 (3.24), 8.14 (3.02) and 7.5 (3.22). The mean scores for attitude of the three groups were 21.8 (10.32), 21.2 (11.48) and 20.8 (10.40) respectively. Linear correlation was observed between (r = 0.525, p ≤ 0.01) knowledge and attitude scores individually and also with the combined groups. The dental students had a low to acceptable level of knowledge towards droplet isolation precautions. They still indicated a need for greater awareness. Dental practices should develop a written infection control program to prevent or reduce the risk of disease transmission.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Knowledge, Attitude, Aerosols, Droplet precaution, dental students
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Manipal > Preventive and Community Dentistry
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2012 04:31
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2013 07:45
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/3727

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