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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 11  |  Page : 17-21

Knowledge, attitude and practice of oral health among nursing staff and nursing students of Bangalore City

1 Assistant Lecturer, M.S.Ramaiah Dental College Bangalore, India
2 Professor and H.O.D R.K.D.F Dental CoUege, Bhopal, India
3 Professor and H.O.D, M.S.Ramaiah Dental College, Bangalore, India

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Aim and Objectives: The aim of the study is to assess and compare the knowledge, attitude and practice of oral health among final year nursing students and government nursing staff of Bangalore city. Materials and Methods: The study population consisted of 250 final year nursing students and 250 staff nurses of Bangalore city.l3 Final year nursing students were randomly selected (from the attendance register) from each 20 randomly selected nursing institutions out of 79 nursing institution. 50 Nursing staffs were randomly selected from 5 government hospitals in Bangalore city. Pretested questionnaires are prepared on knowledge, attitude and practice of oral health among 250 final year students and 250 nursing staffs and were tested by yes/no response statements. Score 1 was given for each correct answer. Mean score in knowledge and attitude between staff and student were compared using student 't' test. Pearson's Correlation coefficient was calculated to compare the association between knowledge and attitude separately for the staff and students. Results: Mean knowledge score of staff nurse was 12.62 +1- 1.95, compared to student's score where it was 16.33 +/- 2.16. Mean attitude score of staff nurse was 3.54 +1- 1.03, compared to students score 3.95 +/- 1.07.The mean score for practice was3.38 +I- 1.41 among staff nurse and 6.82 +I- 1.49 among the students. The difference of mean scores for knowledge, attitude and practice were statistically significant between students and staff nurse at p<0.05. Conclusion: Although dental health care is covered in their syllabus, nurses are not aware of the importance of oral health care within holistic care nor they are given high priority to oral health. Practical training (oral health care education programmes) for staff and students is recommended as a way of improving the caregivers Knowledge, Attitude and oral health care performance to the hospitalized patients.

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