Awareness and Attitude of Forensic Odontology among Undergraduate Dental Students in Kabul University of Medical Sciences, Afghanistan

Authors

  • Palwasha Seraj
  • Mohammad Hassan Hamrah
  • Farhat Homayoun
  • Ali Maisam
  • ElahaSomaya Ghafary
  • Sepideh Hosseini
  • Maryam Khosrozadeh

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i4.17017

Keywords:

Knowledge and Attitude, Forensic odontology, Students

Abstract

Aims and Objectives: The aim of the study is to assess the knowledge, attitude, and practice of forensic
odontology among undergraduate dental students at Kabul university of medical science, Kabul,
Afghanistanafter adding this subject in their curriculum
Material and Methods: This cross-sectional study is conducted among 150 undergraduate dental students
of Kabul University of medical sciences aged 18 and 23 years during the period from December 2020
to February 2021.A questionnaire of Abdul et al. (2019) study was used; the questionnaire consisted of
19 questions that assessed the knowledge, attitudes, and practice of the participants. The questionnaire is
divided into three parts: knowledge, attitude and practice. The collected data were analyzed using SPSS-24
software, chi-square test.
Results: Ninety percent of the participants were aware of the branch of science called forensic dentistry.
All the included participants welcomed the idea of adding a module on forensic odontology to the current
undergraduate curriculum. Almost 88.7% of the participants were aware that dental record help for
identification of deceased person’s age however, The most of undergraduate dental students (90.7%), claim
that they have lack of the knowledge related forensic odontology. Most of participants were willing to
maintain dental record in their future clinics.
Conclusion: Our study showed that the knowledge, attitude, and practice in undergraduate dental students
are better since it’s added into curriculum of Kabul University of medical science. However,there are no
workshops, seminars, and continuing dental education programs for dental students.There is a need for
further exposure and formal training to bring awareness among all health-care providers.

Author Biographies

Palwasha Seraj

Department of Forensic Medicine, School of Dentistry, Kabul Medical University Sciences, Kabul, Afghanistan

Mohammad Hassan Hamrah

Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Farhat Homayoun

School of Dentistry,Kunduz University, Kunduz, Afghanistan

Ali Maisam

Department of Endodontic, School of Dentistry, Kabul Medical
University Sciences, Kabul, Afghanistan

ElahaSomaya Ghafary

Department of Periodontology, School of Dentistry, Kabul Medical
University Sciences, Kabul, Afghanistan

Sepideh Hosseini

Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Maryam Khosrozadeh

Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Published

2021-08-16

How to Cite

Palwasha Seraj, Mohammad Hassan Hamrah, Farhat Homayoun, Ali Maisam, ElahaSomaya Ghafary, Sepideh Hosseini, & Maryam Khosrozadeh. (2021). Awareness and Attitude of Forensic Odontology among Undergraduate Dental Students in Kabul University of Medical Sciences, Afghanistan. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 15(4), 2127-2134. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i4.17017