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Donnish Journal of Dentistry and Oral Hygiene

March 2015 Vol. 1(1), pp. 001-006

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Original Research Paper


Assessment of Awareness Regarding Prevention of Infective Endocarditis among Graduating Medical and Dental Students at Qassim University, KSA


Ahmed Ali Al-Fawzan

Orthodontic Demonstrator, College of Dentistry, Qassim University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)

Corresponding Author E-mail: ahmadfou@hotmail.com

Accepted 19th March, 2015.



Abstract


Infective endocarditis (IE) is an infection of the endothelial surface of the heart and heart valves with serious, even fatal complications and that often requires long-term treatment. Many dental procedures may lead to IE in high-risk patients. The aim of the present study was to assess the awareness and knowledge of graduating medical and dental students at Qassim university, KSA regarding prevention of infective endocarditis. A questionnaire was circulated to the last year medical and dental students. An acceptable level of success of the test was defined as at least 7 correct answers out of 13 (53%). Out of 118 students participating in this study, 65 (47.4%) passed the test successfully. The pass-rate of medical students (45/93 or 48.4%) was higher than that of dental students (11/25 or 44%). This study showed that knowledge concerning the prevention of IE among the dental and medical students was moderate and a necessity of more education in this field.

Keywords: Infective Endocarditis, Knowledge, Dental Students, Medical Students.

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Ahmed Ali Al-Fawzan. Assessment of Awareness Regarding Prevention of Infective Endocarditis among Graduating Medical and Dental Students at Qassim University, KSA. Donnish Journal of Dentistry and Oral Hygiene 1(1) 2015 pp. 001-006.


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