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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 280-284

Awareness of Medico-legal Issues Among Medical and Dental College Health Professionals of Vadodara, Gujarat

Department of Public Health Dentistry, K.M. Shah Dental College and Hospital, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Piparia, Vadodara., India

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Aim: To assess the awareness of medico-legal issues among medical and dental college health professionals of Vadodara. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among health professionals of Vadodara city. A total of 245 health professionals (96 medical land 149 dental) participated in the study. A structured, self designed questionnaire was used for collection of data. Chi-square test was used to compare the awareness of medico-legal issues between medical and dental health professionals, at p < j0.05 level of significance. Results: The study results reveals that, 35.10%, 36.32% & 28.57% participants had poor, fair, and good w\awareness regarding medico-legal issues respectively. No statistically significant difference was observed between medical land dental health professionals regarding medico-legal issues and also with regards to their designations. Conclusion: The results illustrated that, most of the participants were unaware of medico-legal issues and showed an immediate need to update the understanding of these issues to be on a legally safer side.

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