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Dent Traumatol. 2006 Dec;22(6):291-5.

Knowledge of Jordanian mothers with regards to emergency management of dental trauma.

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Department of Preventive Dentistry, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan. suhadj@just.edu.jo

Abstract

Studies in Jordan indicated that delay in seeking emergency management of dental trauma leads to unfavorable outcome of even mild forms of trauma. The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to assess, by means of a structured questionnaire, the level of general knowledge of mothers in Jordan with regards to the immediate emergency management of dental trauma, and its relation to socioeconomic variables. The questionnaire surveyed mothers' demographic data, basic knowledge of immediate management of tooth fracture, avulsion, and loss of consciousness. It also investigated the participants self assessed knowledge, attitude to public education, and knowledge of availability and priority of emergency services for trauma in Jordan. The sample consisted of 2215 mothers who attended mother and child care centers in the capital Amman, and in Irbid (the second largest city in Jordan) over a period of 3 months (July to September, 2003). Overall the participants' basic knowledge with regards to the emergency management of the trauma cases presented in the questionnaire was deficient regardless of age, level of education, socioeconomic class, or number of previous encounters with dental trauma. Generally, the attitude to public education on the topic was positive and chi-square test indicated that the level of education of mothers positively affected their knowledge of 'during working hour' emergency services and the importance of immediate management of dental trauma. Educational programs that can be added to the mother and child care advice protocols may help improve the knowledge and awareness of mothers and therefore improve the outcomes of dental trauma.

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