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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 270-273

Hepatitis B awareness and attitudes among dental professionals in Central India


1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Vananchal Dental College and Hospital, Garhwa, Jharkhand, India
2 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Vidya Shikshan Prasarak Mandal's Dental College and Research Centre, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Maitri College of Dentistry and Research Centre, Durg, Chhattisgarh, India
4 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Vananchal Dental College and Hospital, Garhwa, Jharkhand, India
5 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Maitri College of Dentistry and Research Centre, Durg, Chhattisgarh, India
6 Private Practice, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Aparajita D Shitoot
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Vananchal Dental College and Hospital, Garhwa, Jharkhand
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0972-1363.195650

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Objectives: To assess the knowledge, attitude, and awareness with regards to hepatitis B in dental health care professionals, and to estimate the efforts made by them to prevent the transmission of hepatitis among patients. This study also evaluated the immunization status of hepatitis B among dentists. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional observational study was conducted among dental professionals in Central India. A Predesigned questionnaire was given to assess the general awareness, attitude, and behavior toward hepatitis B infection and vaccination along with questions to evaluate their own immunization status. Results: A total of 424 dentists responded to the questionnaire. Among them, 24.05% had not received even a single dose of Hepatitis B vaccine while 50.48% had not completed the required course of vaccination. Most common reason cited by dentists for non-immunization was that they had not thought about it (66.03%). Ninety-six percent of the participants were aware of the Hepatitis-B vaccination programme. Conclusion: Despite the availability of an effective vaccine in the market, dentists continue to remain non-vaccinated. It is the lack of awareness and carelessness on the part of dentists coupled with the negligence of the risk that has led them being incompletely vaccinated. There is a need to ensure that every doctor is vaccinated against Hepatitis B before he/she enters professional practice.


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