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Fırat University Medical Journal of Health Sciences
2023, Cilt 37, Sayı 3, Sayfa(lar) 200-205
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Traumatic Dental Injures: A Survey of Knowledge and Attitudes Among Family Physicians in Türkiye
Adem GÖK1, Osman ATAŞ2, Tuba GÖK3
1Firat University, Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Elazig, TURKIYE
Firat University, Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Elazig, TURKIYE
3Firat University, Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Endodontics, Elazig, TURKIYE
Keywords: Traumatic dental injury, family physicians, dental trauma, knowledge, medical education

Objective: Individuals exposed to trauma are most often brought or directed to the nearest healthcare facility by their relatives. In Türkiye, most widely available healthcare services are provided by family physicians at primary care family health centers. Patients expect to receive treatment for traumatic dental injury (TDI) from medical doctors when they do not have immediate access to a dentist. The aim of this study was to investigate the knowledge and attitude about traumatic dental injuries among family physicians working at family health centers in Turkey.

Materials and Methods: A total of 110 family physicians participated in the study. Participants were family physicians who attended a meeting organized by the Elazig Provincial Directorate of Health. A self-administered questionnaire consisting of 16 multiple choice questions assessing demographic data, knowledge, and attitude about traumatic dental injuries was distributed to family physicians.

Results: The results obtained from 86 fully responded questionnaire forms, 75% of family physicians didn't receive any education on TDI. Eighty six percent (86%) of family physicians feel that they don't have adequate knowledge about TDI. Fifty three and a half percent (53.5%) of the family physicians reported coming across patients with TDI at least once at their practice. Regarding physicians’ attitudes, 75% think that medical schools should provide education about TDI.

Conclusions: This study revealed that the majority of family physicians lack the knowledge needed to manage avulsion and crown fracture cases. Hence, educational programs are necessary during and after medical training for family physicians to properly manage traumatic dental injuries.


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