Perception of Dental Public Health Competency among recent graduates

R. Gaunkar, P. Basavarajappa, S. Raheel, Omar Kujan

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© 2016 Journal of International Society of Preventive and Community Dentistry Published by Wolters Kluwer - Medknow.Aims and Objectives: This study aimed to assess how competent the recent dental graduates perceive themselves to be in Dental Public Health. Materials and Methods: A 21-item structured, close-ended questionnaire study was carried out at the KLEVK Institute of Dental Sciences, Belgaum, India. Students assessed their competencies using a three-point ordinal scale. One hundred and thirty-three students were asked to rate their proficiency on a 21-item matrix of the dental public health program. The responses were grouped using the Likert-type scale. Frequencies descriptive data were generated, and statistical analysis of examined variables was carried out using the Chi-square test. Mann-Whitney test was conducted to identify the correlation between variables. Results: The overall mean score was 22.61 10.94, highlighting confidence of the graduates in managing the oral health problems at the community level. Females showed higher competencies in functions related "to develop activities to motivate the community development," "to motivate health and oral health through health education," and "to motivate health and oral health through the creation of healthy settings." While males reported greater competency for the function "to adjust the dental practice to situations of restrictions that limits it." Conclusion: Recent dental graduates at the Institute perceived themselves competent in managing oral and dental health problems at the public level. Additional countrywide evidence regarding teaching and learning of public health dentistry is essential to compare the current experiences of dental graduates and ultimately enhance patient care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S137-S142
JournalJournal of International Society of Preventive and Community Dentistry
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016


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