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Hejazi M, Eskandari F, Saheb Karam I, Asheghi B. To What Extent Does Isolation Precaution Training Affect the Mean Scores of Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice among Iranian Dental Students?. J Res Dent Maxillofac Sci 2024; 9 (1) :8-14
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1- Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
2- School of Dentistry, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
3- Department of Endodontics, School of Dentistry, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran , Bahar64a@gmail.com
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Background and Aim: Dental healthcare professionals may encounter various infectious diseases which necessitate the application of isolation precautions. This study aimed to assess the effects of isolation precaution training on the mean scores of knowledge, attitude, and practice of Iranian dental students.
Materials and Methods: This questionnaire-based study was carried out on 80 participants including 40 undergraduate and 40 postgraduate dental students of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran. A self-administered questionnaire including three scales of knowledge, attitude, and practice was used for data collection. A pamphlet was also distributed among the participants regarding infection control isolation precautions. After 4 weeks, the participants were asked to fill out the same questionnaire again. Paired t-test and Pearson’s correlation test were used to statistically analyze the data (alpha=0.05).   
Results: The mean knowledge score was significantly higher in postgraduate than undergraduate dental students (P=0.030). The mean knowledge scores of postgraduate (P=0.032) and undergraduate (P=0.001) dental students significantly improved after the intervention. The intervention also significantly increased the mean attitude score of postgraduate dental students (P=0.016). A positive linear correlation was detected between practice and attitude (r=0.244, P<0.05).
Conclusion: The mean knowledge and attitude scores of postgraduate and undergraduate dental students in the present study were higher than those of previous studies. However, the mean practice score was poor. Moreover, isolation precaution training increased the mean scores of knowledge and attitude. More equipment and continuous educational programs in accordance with the guidelines are needed.
 
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