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S.j Poorhashemi ,
Volume 17, Issue 3 (8-2004)

Statement of Problem: The accomplishment of oral and dental health is one of the most important goals in preventive dentistry influenced by the people’s knowledge and attitudes. Health system personel are the group able to play the most important role in this field affecting the society under their control directly. Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the knowledge of health system personel, working in Ghom province, about oral and dental health. Materials and Methods: In this descriptive cross-sectional study, knowledge and attitudes of all 187 personel working in the health system center of Ghom province were investigated through a questionnaire including 10 questions on knowledge and 10 other ones on the attitudes of subjects studied. Data were subjected to ANOVA, Tukey and correlation tests. Results: The knowledge of females was higher, compared to males showing a statistically significant difference (P<0.05). There was a positive correlation between subjects’ knowledge and their level of education, age and work duration (P<0.05). Conclusion: Generally, the level of knowledge and attitude of the personel working in health centers in Ghom province was acceptable but not an ideal one and the continuity of training and re-education courses seemed necessary.
A. Taghizadeh Ganji , A. Jafari, N. Poorgholi, H. Iranizadeh,
Volume 22, Issue 3 (12-2009)

Background and Aim: School health workers have an important role in education and prevention of common oral and dental diseases. An organized program can be helpful in training and shaping the proper behavior. This study has evaluated the knowledge, attitude and practice of schools health workers in Tabriz about oral and dental health in 2007-2008.
Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional and descriptive study was performed in primary schools in Tabriz. Questionnaires were sent to the schools that had health workers. Levels of the knowledge, attitude and practice of the health workers who had answered this questionnaire were evaluated. SPSS software and independent T-Test and Paired- Sample T-Test were used for analyzing the results.
Results: Fifty eight out of 64 school health workers were women. Mean age of school health workers was 45 years. Forty four of school health workers had passed special course about oral health and dental health. 49 of them had passed special educational course the mean of acquired knowledge score was 6.77 out of 10 and women's scores were significantly higher. Also women had more work experience than men. The mean of acquired attitude and practice scores were 7.42 and 7.14 out of 10, respectively.
Conclusion: Findings show that performing of the educational courses during work and experience has an effective role in the scales of the health workers. Progress in this situation can be achieved by retraining programs and accessible pamphlets.

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