Volume 7 Issue 11 (November, 2019)

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Periodontal health awareness of non-health care professionals in Durgapur, West Bengal
Piyali Poddar, Debjit Dhamali, Dithi C, Amit Kumar, Bhumika Kamal Badiyani, Vinod Sargaiyan

Background: Non-health care professionals represent an important segment of the workforce in hospitals because of their management functions in ensuring consistent, high‐quality patient care. Aim: The aim of this study was to determine the level of Periodontal health awareness of non-health care professionals within a hospital setting in Durgapur, West Bengal. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted over 3 months period of 2013 at IQ City Medical College and Hospital, Durgapur, West Bengal. The study design was a descriptive, cross‐sectional survey of non-health care professionals working within the hospital premises. The total study population was an estimated 300 non-health care professionals which were multiethnic. Results: More than half, (67.4%) of the respondents claimed to be aware of periodontal disease while 32.6% were unaware.Only 16.5% had an adequate level of knowledge of periodontal disease. Conclusions: Despite the close proximity of the non-health care professionals to the oral health care facility within the hospital, their knowledge of periodontal disease was limited, although they had a fairly high awareness level. Key words: periodontal health, awareness, non-health care professionals, periodontal disease, oral health education

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