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Knowledge and Attitude of Midwifery Students on Oral Health Care

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Prosthodontics Department, College of Dentistry, New York University, New York, NY 10010, USA
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College of Community and Public Affairs, Binghamton University, New York, NY 13902, USA
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Private Practice, Tehran 19839, Iran
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Dent. J. 2019, 7(3), 83; https://doi.org/10.3390/dj7030083
Received: 24 March 2019 / Revised: 1 July 2019 / Accepted: 26 July 2019 / Published: 1 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Inter-Professional Oral Health Education)
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Abstract

Midwifery students can have an important role in transferring oral health care information to expecting mothers. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of an educational intervention on knowledge and attitudes of midwifery students on oral health in pregnancy. Study population consisted of 60 midwifery students in a Midwifery School in Iran who were randomly allocated into case and control groups. Self-administered questionnaires were distributed before, immediately after the intervention and also three months later. The validity and reliability of the questionnaire was confirmed at the beginning. Mean total pre-test knowledge scores from total 10 in the interventional and control groups were 4.63 ± 0.25 (Standard Error, SE) and 4.79 ± 0.31 (SE) respectively. After three months scores reached to 8.87 ± 0.15 (SE) in the interventional and 5.57 ± 0.29 (SE) in the control groups. Mean attitude pre-test scores in the interventional group was 27.23 ± 0.75 (SE) and after the intervention reached to 31.13 ± 0.25 (SE). Lecture-based educational intervention improved the knowledge and attitudes of midwifery students on oral health care in pregnancy. Incorporating courses on oral health in pregnancy into the curricula of midwifery programs can be effective in promoting oral health care in pregnant women.
Keywords: educational intervention; midwifery; student; pregnancy; women; dental; oral health educational intervention; midwifery; student; pregnancy; women; dental; oral health
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Sabounchi, S.S.; Sabounchi, S.S.; Safari, M. Knowledge and Attitude of Midwifery Students on Oral Health Care. Dent. J. 2019, 7, 83.

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