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Knowledge, perceptions, and attitudes of dental students towards obesity

Awan, K. H., Khan, S., Abadeen, Z. and Khalid, T. 2016, Knowledge, perceptions, and attitudes of dental students towards obesity, Saudi dental journal, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 44-48, doi: 10.1016/j.sdentj.2015.01.005.

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Title Knowledge, perceptions, and attitudes of dental students towards obesity
Author(s) Awan, K. H.
Khan, S.ORCID iD for Khan, S. orcid.org/0000-0002-6695-4013
Abadeen, Z.
Khalid, T.
Journal name Saudi dental journal
Volume number 28
Issue number 1
Start page 44
End page 48
Total pages 5
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-01
ISSN 1013-9052
Keyword(s) Dental students
Knowledge
Obesity
Questionnaire study
Summary © 2015 The Authors. Aims: Obesity is a chronic medical condition associated with various oral health problems. The aim of this study was to assess the knowledge, perceptions, and attitudes of dental students towards obesity. Material and methods: Second-, third-, and fourth-year dental students completed a self-administered questionnaire. An ethics committee approved the study. Participants were asked questions focused on three areas: (i) knowledge, (ii) perceptions, and (iii) attitudes about obesity. Data analyses were carried out using SPSS version 20. Results: Among the dental students, 78.9% received 0-1. h of formal education about obesity. The mean score of the total time allocated for obesity-related education was 1.31. ±. 0.23. h. Eighty-nine percent of the dental students agreed that obesity is a chronic medical condition, 30% agreed that they would modify their equipment and office furniture to accommodate obese patients, and 46.8% were interested in learning more about obesity in dental school. Conclusion: Obesity-related education should be implemented as a formal component of dental student training. Oral health practitioners should also provide their patients with information about how weight loss is beneficial to both general and oral health.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.sdentj.2015.01.005
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HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30129259

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