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CASE REPORT
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 134-138

Knowledge and attitude of dentists in India towards patient safety – A cross-sectional study


1 Department of Periodntology, Himachal Pradesh Government Dental College and Hospital, Shimla, H.P., India; Commonwealth Fellow, King's College London, UK
2 The Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, New Delhi, India; Centre for International Child Oral Health, King's College London, UK

Correspondence Address:
Ajay Mahajan
Department of Periodntology, Himachal Pradesh Government Dental College and Hospital, Shimla, H.P.; Commonwealth Fellow, King's College London

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.1016/j.jpsic.2015.11.002

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Aim: To record the knowledge and attitude of dentists in India towards patient safety indentistry. Materials and method: An online questionnaire of 13 questions was prepared to determinedentist's knowledge and attitudes towards patient safety in dentistry. Members of an onlineclosed discussion group of dentists (n = approximately 5000) working in India were contactedon three separate occasions during October 2013–January 2014. Results: 1025 responses were obtained. 19% of respondents stated that they actively tooksteps to improve safety standards but only 8% of the total sample believed that theiremploying organisation or professional body would support them to improve patient safety.In addition, only 8% believed that senior staff members encouraged open discussion onsurgical errors or how to prevent them. 67% of dentists stated that they had inadequateknowledge on patient safety issues and 97% recommended that patient safety in dentistry begiven a higher priority in the undergraduate dental curriculum. Conclusion: There is a need to improve knowledge about patient safety in dentistry amongdentists in India and to create a more open culture in reporting adverse incidents.


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