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Original Article

Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice Related to Infection Control Procedures Followed by Dental (Undergraduates) in Davangere City: A Cross-sectional Study

Shree Rashmi, BK Lilly, VH Sushanth, PCR Allama, HP Vivek, PB Srinidhi

Keywords : Dental students, Infection control, Infectious diseases

Citation Information : Rashmi S, Lilly B, Sushanth V, Allama P, Vivek H, Srinidhi P. Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice Related to Infection Control Procedures Followed by Dental (Undergraduates) in Davangere City: A Cross-sectional Study. CODS J Dent 2023; 15 (1):9-15.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10063-0150

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 25-04-2024

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


Introduction: Transmission of infectious agents among patients and dental healthcare personnel in dental settings has been an issue of concern. Reports highlight the need for a recommendation of strict infection control practices that have to be met for disease transmission. Aims and objectives: To assess the knowledge, attitude, and practices related to Infection control procedures followed by dental students in Davangere. A cross-sectional study. Materials and methods: A cross-sectional descriptive questionnaire-based study was carried out with a sample of 123 students among dental students (third year, final year, internship) in Davangere, Karnataka, India, through the convenience sample method. A questionnaire was designed regarding infection control procedures, and the data was collected using an Excel sheet and analyzed using the frequency distribution Pearson Chi-squared test using SPSS (software version 22.0). Before the commencement of the survey, a pilot study was carried out on Cronbach's α = 0.81. Results: A total of 150 students took part in the study with a response rate of 81.3% (n = 123), out of which third year, 55 (44.71%), 48 (39%) were final year, and interns 20 (16.26%). All the students (100%) responded positively about the need for sterilization and infection control; >80.5% of students have reported that they consider screening for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in every patient. Conclusion: Dental undergraduate students at private dental colleges in India reported reasonably good infection control practices. However, to enable students to follow strict infection control procedures, certain upgrades should be made in the institution. Key message: Dental practitioners should be aware of the spread of infectious diseases and the need to control these diseases.

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