Knowledge, Attitude and Behavior of Undergraduate Dental Students towards Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: A Descriptive Study

Authors

  • Deesha Kumari1 , Thara Chandran2 , Bless Annie Philip3 , Mithun K4 , ShilpaM5

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v14i3.10356

Keywords:

Undergraduates, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Knowledge, Attitude, Behavior

Abstract

Context: Medical Emergencies can be encountered by any individual, and its occurrence is usually high

in a Dental setting due to the procedures involved. Hence it is important that Dentists be equipped with the

knowledge of Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Aims: The Study aims to assess the Knowledge, Attitude and Behavior of Dental Undergraduate students

towards CPR training.

Methods and Materials: The present study was a Cross Sectional study conducted among 163 Final

Year Undergraduate students and Interns of a Dental Institution in Mangalore. A validated Self Structured

Questionnaire was distributed to the students.

Statistical Analysis: Descriptive and Inferential statistics like Student’s Unpaired T Test determined the

difference in Knowledge, Attitude and Behavior among the participants.

Results: The overall Knowledge of Students regarding CPR was Poor, with Interns possessing a Significantly

higher Knowledge than Final Year BDS Students. Amidst the poor Knowledge, 75.5% students were trained

in CPR and 65.6% students were ready to perform CPR in an emergency situation thus displaying a Positive

Attitude.

Conclusion: The present study showed that despite a dearth in CPR Knowledge among the Students, they

exhibited a Positive Attitude and Behavior towards Training and Practice of CPR. Thus the study highlights

the need to strengthen CPR training among Dental Students, by Inculcating and Standardizing it in the

Undergraduate and Postgraduate curriculum.

Author Biography

Deesha Kumari1 , Thara Chandran2 , Bless Annie Philip3 , Mithun K4 , ShilpaM5

1 Senior Lecturer, 2Senior, Lecturer, 3Tutor, Nitte, (Deemed to be University), AB Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences (ABSMIDS), Department of Public Health Dentistry, Mangalore, India, 4Senior Lecturer, Department of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics, AJ Institute of Dental Sciences, Kuntikana, Mangalore, Karnataka, 5 Senior Lecturer, Nitte (Deemed to be University), AB Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences (ABSMIDS), Department of Public Health Dentistry, Mangalore, India

Published

2020-07-30

How to Cite

Deesha Kumari1 , Thara Chandran2 , Bless Annie Philip3 , Mithun K4 , ShilpaM5. (2020). Knowledge, Attitude and Behavior of Undergraduate Dental Students towards Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: A Descriptive Study. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 14(3), 215-221. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v14i3.10356