J Korean Acad Prosthodont.  2015 Jul;53(3):189-197. 10.4047/jkap.2015.53.3.189.

The study of awareness and practice of infection control on dental practitioners during the prosthodontic treatment

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  • 1Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, Wonkwang University, Iksan, Republic of Korea. dentist@empas.com

Abstract

PURPOSE
The aim of this study was to assess the degree of awareness and actual practice of dental practitioners regarding infection control during prosthodontic treatment.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
Study participants were composed of dentists, dental hygienists, dental technicians working at dental university hospital, general hospital, dental hospital and dental clinics in Daejeon, Korea (n=126). The questionnaires included the data on general characteristics, education, awareness and practice of infection control procedures during prosthodontic treatment through personal self-administration survey. Awareness and practice were measured by Likert scale ranging from 1 to 5. Statistical analysis was done by one-way ANOVA. Influence of awareness on practice was estimated by regression analysis.
RESULTS
27.7% of the respondents answered that the infection control education regarding prosthodontic treatment is insufficient. The mean value of awareness and practice of infection control during the prosthodontic treatment were 2.72 +/- 0.80, 1.58 +/- 0.88, respectively. The mean value of practice who answered that had education curriculum at college was 1.62 +/- 0.9, and 1.31 +/- 0.49 who did not. The mean value of awareness who equipped guideline was 3.01 +/- 0.9, and 2.56 +/- 0.70 who did not.
CONCLUSION
1. The respondents who received the infection control education by college curriculum showed higher degree of practice than the respondents who did not. 2. The respondents who have appropriate infection control guidebook in their workplace showed higher degree of awareness than the respondents who did not. 3. There was a correlation between the awareness and practice of infection control during prosthodontic treatment; the degree of awareness becomes higher, so does the degree of practice. 4. During the prosthodontic treatment, the degree of practice was lower than the degree of awareness on infection control.

Keyword

Awareness; Practice; Infection control; Prosthodontic treatment

MeSH Terms

Analysis of Variance
Curriculum
Surveys and Questionnaires
Dental Clinics
Dental Hygienists
Dental Technicians
Dentists
Education
Hospitals, General
Humans
Infection Control*
Korea
Prosthodontics*
Regression Analysis
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