Paper Information

Journal:   HORMOZGAN MEDICAL JOURNAL   SPRING 2007 , Volume 11 , Number 1 ; Page(s) 91 To 95.
 
Paper: 

KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDES OF ISFAHAN TOWNSHIP'S BEHVARZES TOWARD PREVENTION OF ORAL AND DENTAL DISEASES

 
 
Author(s):  KHADEMI H.*, KAVIANI NASER, ARAGHIZADEH A.A.M., JAFARI M.R.
 
* DEPARTMENT OF ORAL MEDICINE, DENTAL SCHOOL ISFAHAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Introduction: Behvarzes are responsible for offering the initial health care including oral and dental health in rural societies. Hence their knowledge and attitude toward oral and dental hygiene and health is a matter of importance. This study was carried out to assess the knowledge and attitudes of Isfahan township's Behvarzes toward prevention of oral and dental diseases.
Methods: This descriptive-analysis study was done in 2001 on 143 (33 male and 110 female) Behavarzes who were working in health centers of Isfahan province. The questionnaires filled by behvarzes included 25 questions on knowledge and 10 questions about attitude. SPSS software, Hest and analysis of variance were used for data analysis.
Results: Knowledge mean score was 13.95
±2.39 out of 20 and attitude mean score was 25.33±2.39 out of 30. There was a significant direct correlation between knowledge and attitude (P<0.001). No significant relationship between knowledge and gender was observed. Indirect correlation was seen between working years and the level of knowledge and attitude.
Conclusion: Mean knowledge of Behvarzes about oral and dental hygiene was not favorable, but their attitude toward it was positive. Educating Behavrzes regarding these issues is mandatory for excelling their knowledge. The indirect relationship between knowledge and working years entails planning educational courses for the veteran Behvarzes.

 
Keyword(s): KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE, ORAL HEALTH, ORAL HYGIENE, DENTAL CARE
 
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