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