Volume 3, Issue 2 (2024)                   GMJM 2024, 3(2): 65-69 | Back to browse issues page
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Afraz E, Khezri Y, Ghahari P, Taheri Roudsari S, Ghahari P. Comparing the Level of General Practitioners and Medical Students' Awareness about the Relationship between Oral- and Public Health. GMJM 2024; 3 (2) :65-69
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1- Department of Oral Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, Iran
2- Department of Endodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran
3- Department of Computer Software Engineering, Central Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
4- Faculty of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
* Corresponding Author Address: Faculty of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Enghelab Street, Tehran, Iran. Postal Code: 1461884513 (parichehr.ghahari@gmail.com)
Abstract   (219 Views)
Aims: If general practitioners are trained in oral health, it is possible to provide better guidance to patients in solving their oral and dental problems. This study aimed to assess the knowledge of general practitioners and medical students in the relationship between oral health and general health in Semnan City.
Instrument & Methods: In this cross-sectional study at Semnan University of Medical Sciences in 2021-2022, 150 internship medical students (years 6 and 7) and 50 general practitioners were selected. A checklist of demographic information and a researcher-made oral health awareness questionnaire were prepared and requested to be completed by participants.
Findings: There was no significant difference in medical students (12.62±2.57) and general practitioners (12.07±2.94) total knowledge scores (p=0.209). The “oral manifestations of systemic diseases" score in medical students (4.26±1.73) was significantly (p=0.001) higher than general practitioners (3.32±1.43). Knowledge had no significant correlation with age (p=0.263; r=-0.80) and educational history (p=0.101; r=0.131). There was no significant difference between the state of awareness of men and women (p=0.84).
Conclusion: The level of knowledge of medical students and general practitioners about oral health has no difference and is unacceptable.