Pediatric dentists, Oral health, Visually impaired children
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Tiwari S, Bhargava S, Tyagi P, Kale S, Mali S, Akhani U. Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice of Pediatric Dentists Regarding Oral Health Management of Visually Impaired Children. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2022; 15 (6):764-769.
Aim: The aim of this study is to investigate the knowledge, attitude, and practices of pediatric dentists regarding oral health management of visually impaired children.
Material and methods: A combination of convenience sampling and snowball sampling was used to send an online Google form survey questionnaire to pediatric dentists all around the world. Four sections made up the questionnaire—the first asked for personal information, while the second, third, and fourth examined the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of pediatric dentists, respectively. The IBM Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) for Windows, version 21.0, was used to analyze the data.
Result: The total responses (511) were broken up according to the different continents. The Asian continent produced the most pediatric dentists (206, 40.3%). Most of the participants in the study were females (365, 71.4%), and the maximum was postgraduate students (203, 39.7%). Moreover, the participants were practicing in the private sector (445, 87.1%) and had an experience of 2–5 years (118, 23.1%). Good knowledge scores were significantly associated with work profile (p = 0.014*) years of practice, and associated countries had shown significant differences (p ≤ 0.001).
Conclusion: According to this study, the majority of the pediatric dentists included have just rudimentary knowledge of children who are visually impaired. Pediatric dentists are prevented from treating and properly managing visually impaired children as a result of deficient practices in the field of visually impaired children.
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