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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 2958-2962

Perception, knowledge, and practice of endodontists and general dental practitioners toward evidence-based practice and factors associated with it—A cross-sectional study


1 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Institute of Dental Studies and Technology, Modinagar, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Private Practitioner, Jammu and Kashmir, India
3 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Eklavya Dental College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
4 Private Practitioner, Patna, Bihar, India
5 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Saraswati Dental College and Hospital, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
6 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Seema Dental College and Hospital, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

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Dr. Mehak Dogra
Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Private Practitioner, Jammu and Kashmir
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_1132_19

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Background: Evidence-based practice is the cornerstone of dentistry and especially endodontics. Diagnosis, treatment planning, and treatment with recent advancement based on evidence would be a great help for the patent satisfaction and treatment prognosis; hence, the aim of present study was to explore difference between perception, knowledge, and practice of endodontists and general dental practitioners (GDPs) towards evidence-based practice and factors associated with it. Materials and Methods: The present study is a cross-sectional descriptive questionnaire study conducted among specialists in the subject of conservative and endodontic dentistry and GDPs working in private clinics in Modinagar city, Uttar Pradesh. The study was conducted in October 2019. In the present study, a close-ended questionnaire was prepared to determine the perception and practice of dental specialists. Results: The majority of endodontists (31 [35.22%]) belonged to the age group of 36–45 years of age while most of the GDPs (32 [36.36%]) belonged to 25–35 years of age group. The majority of endodontists were females (56[63.64%]) and most of the GDPs were males (50 (56.81]). More endodontists (47 [53.42]) had a positive perception of evidence-based practice than GDPs (15[16.42]). Practice toward evidence was fair among most of the endodontists (49 [55.68%]) and GDPs (54 [61.36%]). Conclusion: There was a more positive perception regarding evidence-based practice among endodontists than GDPs, knowledge was high among endodontists regarding evidence-based practice and practice was also good among endodontists. Factors associated with perception, knowledge, and practice among endodontists and GDPs were age in years, gender, year of practice, number of endodontic patients treating per month.


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