Jubin Thacker1* Bela Dave2, Kinjal Savjani1, Gunjan Jadav1 and Anuja Dave1
1PG Student, Department of Periodontology, AMC Dental College, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
2Professor and Head, Department of Periodontology, AMC Dental College, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
*Corresponding Author: Jubin Thacker, PG Student, Department of Periodontology, AMC Dental College, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
Received: April 28, 2022; Published: May 16, 2022
Introduction: Thalassemia being one of the most common as well as confusing hemoglobinopathies, has its effect on overall health including oral cavity. There are only a handful of articles on knowledge and awareness about thalassemia in dentistry. As with recent advances in treatment modality the life expectancy of thalassemia patients has increased and so is the need for dental treatment. Aim and objective of this study was to evaluate the level of awareness, knowledge and attitude of Dentists of Bhuj City towards thalassemia.
Materials and Method: In this survey as per convenience sampling, 55 Dentists from Bhuj city were included. A self-explanatory 15 close-ended questionnaire was prepared based on awareness, knowledge and attitude among dentists to assess the perception regarding Thalassemia as a disease and its oral manifestations. The questionnaire takes approximately 12-15 minutes for completion. Collected data was entered at the end of the study in the master chart prepared in Microsoft Excel 2016 on the computer. Statistical analysis was conducted.
Results: Out of the total dentists included in the study, overall response about the awareness, knowledge and attitude towards thalassemia patient was satisfactory. Around 75% of dentists were well aware about dental problems in thalassemia patients.
Conclusion: Majority of the Dentist had good knowledge and positive attitude towards treating thalassemia. Still large-scale studies need to be conducted comprising of different study populations. As the longevity of thalassemia patients is on rise, protocols for dental treatments needs of thalassemia patients should be taken into consideration. Pan-India seminars and educational programs need to be conducted to form dental treatment guidelines in thalassemia patients.
Keywords: Awareness, Knowledge, Attitude, Dentists, Thalassemia.
Citation: Jubin Thacker., et al. “Awareness, Knowledge and Attitude Towards Thalassemia Patients Amongst Dentists of Bhuj City. A Questionnaire-Based Survey". Acta Scientific Dental Sciences 6.6 (2022): 64-69.
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