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Diabetes related knowledge, attitudes and practice – a survey among oral health professionals in victoria, Australia

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posted on 2020-04-01, 00:00 authored by A Chinnasamy, Marj MoodieMarj Moodie
Purpose: Until now, little is known as to how well the evidence supporting the link between periodontal disease and diabetes is incorporated in the dental practice, in Australia. This study aims to explore Oral health Professionals (OHP) knowledge, attitudes, and practice (KAP) towards diabetes screening in the dental setting. Methods: The survey questionnaire consisted of sociodemographic, practice characteristics and Likert scaled questions categorised in different domains of KAP and one additional domain as barriers. A Mann–Whitney and Kruskal–Wallis test was performed to determine differences in the OHP response. To predict if practice behavior was influenced by knowledge and attitudes, a multiple linear regression was conducted. Results: A total of 197 respondents were included in the analysis of the results. General dentists constituted 64.6% of the response. For chairside screening of diabetes, 58% felt it was essential and 70% felt it was appropriate. More public sector OHP (79%) felt it is important to conduct chairside screening for T2DM. Patient willingness was identified as the most important and insurance coverage as the least important (43%) consideration for T2DM screening. Conclusion: Overall, knowledge, attitude and practice towards DM were positive, but a significant proportion of the OHP felt chairside screening may not be appropriate or important.

History

Journal

Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dentistry

Volume

12

Pagination

111 - 121

Publisher

Dovepress

Location

Macclesfield, Eng.

eISSN

1179-1357

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal