Assessment of Knowledge Attitude and Treatment towards Hepatitis B among Dental Students – A Cross-sectional Study


  • Sri Rajiv Gandhi College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Department of Periodontics, Bengaluru, Karnataka, 560032, India


Introduction: Hepatitis B is a major cause of acute and chronic liver infection. It is caused by the Hepatitis B virus. The Hepatitis B virus is known as a blood borne virus because it is transmitted from one person to another via blood or fluids contaminated with blood. So Dentists and dental students are at a greater risk of exposure to HBV. Aims: The aim of this study was to assess the knowledge and attitude of the graduating dentist and interns from Bangalore, towards Hepatitis B infection. Materials and Methods: The study design was a cross-sectional survey using a self-administered, structured, closed-ended 15-item questionnaire. The study was conducted among 150 graduating dentists from Bangalore. The questionnaire was divided into 3 sections, knowledge, attitude and treatment and each contain 5 questions. Result: Out of the 150 graduating dentists who received the questionnaire, 75.3% consider having adequate knowledge about Hepatitis B infection. 75.30% were vaccinated for Hepatitis B and of that only 45.30% checked for antibodies after vaccination. The mean score of knowledge is 5.92, the mean score of attitude is 6.82 and for treatment is 7.28. Conclusion: The current group of graduating dentists are knowledgeable about Hepatitis B. However, in spite of having sufficient theoretical knowledge, attitude towards treating patients with Hepatitis B is not satisfactory which is reflecting in their practice methods.


Attitude, Hepatitis B, Knowledge, Treatment

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