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Original Article

Knowledge, Attitude, and Perception (KAP) of Dental Undergraduates and Interns on Radiographic Protection in Davangere City: A Questionnaire-based Cross-sectional Study

Poorvika B Gowda, BK Lilly, VH Sushanth, CR Allama Prabhu, Vivek H Prakash, Srinidhi P Basavraj

Keywords : Dental Students, Interns, Radiation protection

Citation Information : Gowda PB, Lilly B, Sushanth V, Prabhu CA, Prakash VH, Basavraj SP. Knowledge, Attitude, and Perception (KAP) of Dental Undergraduates and Interns on Radiographic Protection in Davangere City: A Questionnaire-based Cross-sectional Study. CODS J Dent 2022; 14 (2):52-56.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10063-0137

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 03-10-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; The Author(s).


Introduction: Radiation risks can be hazardous. It becomes precarious when there is professional negligence. It's very important to provide proper and adequate knowledge regarding radiation hazards and protection protocols to dental undergraduates and interns during their course of training. Aims and objectives: The current study's objective is to evaluate dentistry students’ knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions (KAP) of radiation protection in Davangere city. Materials and methods: In Davangere, Karnataka, India a cross-sectional questionnaire-based study was conducted with a sample of 140 dental students (third and final years) and interns. The study included dental radiology in the curriculum. Each student provided information using a structured questionnaire (15 in total), which only allowed for Yes or No responses. The data was then analyzed using the Pearson's Chi-squared test to determine the statistical significance. Results: Among 140 students enrolled in the study, 45 were undergraduates (45 from third–51 from final year) and 44 were interns. A total of 104 students responded out of which 45 were third years, 51 were final years, and eight were interns. Conclusion: The most correct answers were provided by interns, followed by third- and final-year students. Interns, final-year students, and third-year students all scored higher on measures of radiation safety protocol KAP. Key message: It is recommended that dental professionals adhere to radiation safety guidelines strictly, and it is crucial that dental institutions offer enough radiation protection training.

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