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Citation Information : Emulating Odontolegal Practice: A Paradigm Shift in the Dental Practice Laying More Emphasis on Dental Records—A Perspective and Contemporary Study with a Reality Check. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2020; 13 (3):217-220.
License: CC BY-NC 4.0
Published Online: 14-10-2020
Copyright Statement: Copyright © 2020; The Author(s).
Aim: This study was conducted to evaluate the knowledge and the awareness on odontolegal practice with more emphasis on significance of maintaining dental records by the oral health professionals. Materials and methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out among 120 dental practitioners of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab, Gujarat, and Odisha. A questionnaire was designed to assess their practice and knowledge regarding the importance of maintenance of dental records and the knowledge about dental jurisprudence. Total 120 questionnaire samples were distributed among dental health professionals, and the data obtained were studied and formulated for significance of dental records. Results: Feedback obtained was then analyzed. Seventy percentage of the dentists are not maintaining clinical records of their patients and 20% of the dentists acknowledged that they are not keeping or maintaining dental records like X-rays and cast models of their patients. Eighty percentage of dentists were not known to the ethical importance of dental record, i.e., for how long they have to maintain records of their patients and other details. Conclusion: This study concludes that the oral health professionals lacked the knowledge and awareness about odontolegal aspects and the significance of maintaining dental records. It was observed that there was insufficient knowledge about medicolegal systems and there is a need to bring awareness and knowledge of the same in the dental fraternity. Clinical significance: With the increasing use of medical insurance and subsequently mediclaims, negligence suits, scientific evaluation, and research purposes, and health planning, etc., the “dental records itself have evolved as a separate science and therefore needs to be considered in the curriculum for dental students as this would introduce the concept for application in their future practice, thus avoiding legal complications in the future.”