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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 48-49

Knowledge and awareness of palliative medicine amongst students of a rural dental college in India

1 Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, Rural Dental College, Loni, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Microbiology, Rural Dental College, Loni, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Prosthodontics, Rural Dental College, Loni, Maharashtra, India

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Rajiv Saini
Department of Periodontology & Oral Implantology, Rural Dental College- Loni, Tehsil- Rahata, District- Ahmednagar, Maharashtra - 413736
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2229-516X.81981

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Objectives : To determine the current knowledge and awareness among undergraduate dental students in a rural dental college regarding palliative medicine. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional observational study was conducted on students of a rural dental college located in western India. They were asked to fill a pre-designed questionnaire. The variables assessed were their knowledge and awareness towards palliative medicine and a dentist role in palliative team. Results : A total of 150 students participated. The male:female ratio was 1:2; mean age of respondent was 20.66 ΁ 1.01 years. On an average, 59.23% were correct and 40.67% were incorrect for knowledge about palliative medicine, while 81.55% were correct and 18.45% were incorrect regarding awareness about oral care in palliative medicine. Conclusion: Results indicate that students had good awareness and perception level about awareness of oral care in palliative treatment.

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