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Knowledge, perceptions, and attitudes of dental students towards obesity


Awan, KH and Khan, S and Abadeen, Z and Khalid, T, Knowledge, perceptions, and attitudes of dental students towards obesity, The Saudi Dental Journal, 28 pp. 44-48. ISSN 1013-9052 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.sdentj.2015.01.005


Aims: Obesity is a chronic medical condition associated with various oral health problems. The aim of this study was to assess the knowledge, perceptions, and attitudes of dental students towards obesity.

Material and methods: Second-, third-, and fourth-year dental students completed a self-administered questionnaire. An ethics committee approved the study. Participants were asked questions focused on three areas: (i) knowledge, (ii) perceptions, and (iii) attitudes about obesity. Data analyses were carried out using SPSS version 20.

Results: Among the dental students, 78.9% received 01 h of formal education about obesity. The mean score of the total time allocated for obesity-related education was 1.31 0.23 h. Eighty-nine percent of the dental students agreed that obesity is a chronic medical condition, 30% agreed that they would modify their equipment and office furniture to accommodate obese patients, and 46.8% were interested in learning more about obesity in dental school.

Conclusion: Obesity-related education should be implemented as a formal component of dental student training. Oral health practitioners should also provide their patients with information about how weight loss is beneficial to both general and oral health.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Dentistry
Research Field:Periodontics
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Nutrition
UTAS Author:Khan, S (Dr Shahrukh Khan)
ID Code:112387
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2016-11-09
Last Modified:2016-12-22
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