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Effect of dental trauma management resources on dental practitioners' confidence and knowledge: A pilot cross‐sectional study

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submitted on 2023-03-15, 08:05 and posted on 2023-03-15, 12:45 authored by Manal Matoug‐Elwerfelli, Yu Fan Sim, Hayat Alghutaimel, Rahaf Almohareb, Jamal Al‐Abdulla, Jarrah Al‐Kandari, Mohamad Shahda, Osama El Shahawy, Riad Bacho, Sharifa Al Harrasi, Wageh Twati, Monty Duggal, Hani Nazzal, Huei Jinn Tong

Background/Aim

The knowledge of standardized care guidelines is critical to the confidence of practitioners in managing dental trauma. Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess the awareness, use and impact of the International Association of Dental Traumatology guidelines, and the online Dental Trauma Guide on general dental practitioners' self-reported confidence and knowledge in managing traumatic dental injuries in the primary and permanent dentitions.

Materials and Methods

A cross-sectional, pre-piloted, 27-item self-administered questionnaire survey was distributed electronically to general dental practitioners' working within five member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries (Kingdom of Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar) between September and December 2020. Data were collected and analysed using descriptive statistics and Wilcoxon Signed Rank test analysis for relevant comparisons.

Results

A total of 294 respondents completed the survey, with the majority being from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (47.4%) and Qatar (27.3%). A lack of evidence-based knowledge in managing traumatic dental injuries was evident among more than half of the respondents. Respondents who were cognizant of the recent International Association of Dental Traumatology guidelines (2020) and those who use the Dental Trauma Guide routinely demonstrated a higher self-reported confidence level in managing both simple and complex primary dentition trauma, as well as simple traumatic dental injuries in the permanent dentition (p < .05).

Conclusion

This survey highlights critical deficiencies in the knowledge of a large number of the respondents in the management of dental trauma which is likely to cause irreversible long-term patient effects.

Other Information

Published in: Dental Traumatology
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
See article on publisher's website: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/edt.12754

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Language

  • English

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Wiley

Publication Year

  • 2022

Institution affiliated with

  • Qatar University
  • Hamad Medical Corporation

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