Dentistry and Medical Research

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2017  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3--8

Hepatitis B: Knowledge and attitude of graduating dentists from faculty of dentistry, Sebha University, Libya


Syed Wali Peeran1, Syed Ali Peeran2, Marei Hamad Al Mugrabi3, Khaled Awidat Abdalla4, Manohar Murugan5, Fatma Mojtaba Alsaid6 
1 Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, Faculty of Dentistry, Sebha University, Sebha, Libya
2 Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Jizan University, Jazan, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Periodontics, University of Benghazi, Benghazi, Libya
4 Department of Oral Biology and Orthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Sebha University, Sebha, Libya
5 Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Sebha University, Sebha, Libya
6 Department of Periodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Sebha University, Sebha, Libya

Correspondence Address:
Syed Wali Peeran
Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, Faculty of Dentistry, Sebha University, Sebha
Libya

Background: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a major worldwide cause of acute and chronic liver infection. Dentists, dental students, and their paramedical staff are at a heightened risk of exposure to HBV. Aim: The aim of this study was to assess the knowledge and attitude of the graduating dentist from Faculty of Dentistry, Sebha University (Libya), toward hepatitis B infection. Subjects and Methods: Ninety-nine participants completed the self-administered, structured, pilot-tested close-ended 37-item questionnaire. Results: It was found that the graduating dental students from different study years have similar knowledge and attitude, except for the responses to questions on curriculum, contracting hepatitis B virus (HBV) from patient, vaccination schedule, perception, and treatment modality for HBV-infected patient, where statistically significant difference was noted. Conclusion: The results indicate that there is need to spread greater awareness about risk and seriousness of the HBV infection among the graduating dentists. We recommend that the dental policymaker considers modifying the dental curriculum to include a detailed session of training in areas of universal infection control procedures, handling high-risk patients, combating fear while treating patients, and teaching them to avoid discriminatory behavior beginning in the 3rd year itself.


How to cite this article:
Peeran SW, Peeran SA, Al Mugrabi MH, Abdalla KA, Murugan M, Alsaid FM. Hepatitis B: Knowledge and attitude of graduating dentists from faculty of dentistry, Sebha University, Libya.Dent Med Res 2017;5:3-8


How to cite this URL:
Peeran SW, Peeran SA, Al Mugrabi MH, Abdalla KA, Murugan M, Alsaid FM. Hepatitis B: Knowledge and attitude of graduating dentists from faculty of dentistry, Sebha University, Libya. Dent Med Res [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 Oct 20 ];5:3-8
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