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Asgari I, Aghababaei F. Assessment of belief and attitude about community-based dental education among senior students in Isfahan dental school. jdm 2020; 33 (3) :170-180
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1- Assistant Professor, Department of Community or Public Oral Health, School of Dentistry, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Iran; Member of Dental Material Research Center, Dental Research Institute, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
2- Dentist, School of Dentistry, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
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Background and Aims: Regarding the need for social accountability in dental education, community-based dental courses has been established to improve the oral health of the community and compensate the shortcomings of the health system. Due to the importance of evaluation, the aim of this study was to determine the dental students’ attitudes and believes in the last year of their study towards the community-based dental education.
Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was performed on 159 dental students in the sixth year (October and February, 2018) of Isfahan dental school by census. These students took the relevant questionnaire, which was developed by researchers in three sections of “attitudes toward field activities”, “lessons and experiences of field activities during dentistry training” and “barriers and problems of field activities”. Its content and face validity was confirmed. They completed it on their own and after collecting information and descriptive analyzes, the relationship between the gender and entry group with attitude scores was analyzed by Mann-Whitney U test.
Results: Out of a total of 102 questionnaires which were answered (response rate of 64%), half of the students believed in the need to provide dental services in the form of mobile/outreach services for the community. 90% of the students agreed with the combination of field education with routine education in the dental schools. They also considered these services as an opportunity to use their experiences and knowledge to promote oral health in the community. 84% of them believed that their self confidence improved while providing services outside the faculty. In many of the propositions in the field of attitude to provide service in the field, a significant percentage (50 to 60%) did not have an opinion.
Conclusion: There was a good and positive aspects in many areas of attitude toward providing services in social fields as well as attitude towards the lessons learned from community-based dental education. However, we should consider the attitude-emotional aspects of educational objectives in the community-based courses in dental schools.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: operative dentistry
Received: 2021/03/2 | Accepted: 2021/02/28 | Published: 2021/02/28

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