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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 242-248

Knowledge, attitude and practice in emergency management of dental injury among physical education teachers: A survey in Bangalore urban schools


Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, VS Dental College and Hospital, Bangalore, Karnataka-560 004, India

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G D Chandan
VS Dental College and Hospital, Karnataka Road, Bangalore
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-4388.57660

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The purpose of this study was to assess, by means of a self administered structured questionnaire, the level of Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of physical education teachers in Bangalore city with regards to emergency management of dental injuries. The questionnaire surveyed the physical education teacher's background, knowledge of management of tooth fracture, avulsion, luxation injuries, it also investigated physical education teacher's attitude and the way they handle the injuries. The sample consisted 580 teachers from 700 selected schools in Bangalore city. Chi-square test was applied to test the significance between trained and untrained teachers. Among the population 70% were males physical education teachers 30% were females. 95% of the teachers had physical education training and 5% did not have the training. 95% of the population had first aid component and 5% did not have. Only 25% of trained physical education teachers had correct knowledge about tooth identification and 17% among untrained teachers. 81% of trained teachers answered correctly regarding management of fractured anterior teeth against 27.5% of untrained teachers (P<0.0002). The present report indicates that there is lack of knowledge and practice among physical education teachers in Bangalore city regarding emergency management of dental trauma. Educational programs to improve the knowledge and awareness among the teachers have to be implemented.






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