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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 2384-2387

Preparedness of dental under-graduate students towards practicing endodontics in rural and remote areas of India

1 Faculty of Dental Sciences, IMS, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Saraswati Dental College, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Sri Sukhmani Dental College and Hospital, Derrabasi, Punjab, India
4 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Azamgarh Dental College, Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
5 Department of Oral medicine and Radiology, D.Y Patil Dental School, Lohegaon, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Nitin Jhunjhunwala
Assistant Professor, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Saraswati Dental College, Lucknow - 227 105, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_220_20

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Background: Undergraduate students can provide valuable opinions and suggestions for modifying the educational program for the enhancement of learning. Therefore, the aim of this study was to explore the preparedness of undergraduate dental students with regard to practice endodontics in the rural and remote areas of India. Materials and Methods: The present cross-sectional questionnaire-based study was conducted among dental undergraduates (interns). The survey was conducted among the students of 3 private dental colleges. For the data collection, a close-ended questionnaire was designed to test the knowledge for performing endodontic therapy, root canal therapy (RCT), attitude, and behavior of performing these procedures in the rural set-ups. Unpaired t test and one way analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to compare the significant difference based on demographics and Pearson's correlation was applied to find the associations among knowledge, attitude, and behavior of study participants. The level of significance was set at below 0.05. Results: A total of 79 students participated, out of which 22 respondents were males (27.8%), and 57 were females (72.15%). Overall mean knowledge scores for endodontics was 9.72 ± 2.19, and the scores of female students were slightly higher than males, whereas the attitude and behavior were better in males but there was no statistical significant difference between both the genders (P > 0.05). A statistically significant positive correlation was observed between attitude and behavior on practicing endodontics in rural settings among study subjects (P < 0.05). Conclusion: These findings highlights the necessity for taking initiatives to enhance the community-based dental education programs by various dental colleges for improving oral health care access for rural and isolated populations.

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