Changes in Knowledge and Attitude before and after a Health Education Program among Primary School Teachers Regarding Dental Anxiety in Children

Authors

  • R. Hemalatha
  • S. Nirmala
  • Viswaja

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijphrd.v13i1.17364

Keywords:

Attitude, knowledge, awareness, dental anxiety status, teachers

Abstract

Introduction : Children are subjected to primary education from a very young age during which they
spend quality time with teachers. Hence assessing the knowledge of teachers, with regards to dental
anxiety is an essential aspect for health care providers.
Purpose : The purpose of the study was to evaluate the knowledge and awareness status before and
after a health education program among primary school teachers regarding dental anxiety in children
by way of a questionnaire.
Methodology : A total of 214 primary school teachers were approached in Chennai for the study
purpose. The idea behind the survey was explained in detail, consent obtained and data collection was
done. Statistical analysis was performed using’ Z ‘ test as the data was parametric and quantitative in
nature.
Results : In the knowledge category, the results showed 70.83% improvement after health education
and in the attitude category, it showed 90% improvement.
Conclusion : Health education tools play a major role in contributing towards increasing the knowledge
and attitude and thus can be implemented on a larger scale

Author Biographies

R. Hemalatha

Research Scholar, Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry , SRM Dental College, Ramapuram, Chennai

S. Nirmala

Professor & Head, Department of Biochemistry,SRM Dental College, Ramapuram, Chennai

Viswaja

Professor & Head, Department of Pathology, SRM Dental College, Ramapuram, Chennai

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Published

2021-10-20

How to Cite

R. Hemalatha, S. Nirmala, & Viswaja. (2021). Changes in Knowledge and Attitude before and after a Health Education Program among Primary School Teachers Regarding Dental Anxiety in Children. Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, 13(1), 276–281. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijphrd.v13i1.17364