KNOWLEDGE, AWARENESS AND ATTITUDE REGARDING STEM CELLS AMONG DENTAL PRACTITIONERS IN UDAIPUR CITY, RAJASTHAN
Background: The advances in application of dental stem cells seem unparalleled in coming years, for which specialized skills and knowledge are of prime importance. Also, there is a need to understand the knowledge, perception and awareness regarding this topic. In India, application of stems cells in dentistry is at a nascent stage and there is limited awareness and knowledge regarding their application. Objective: This study was undertaken with an aim to assess the knowledge, awareness and attitude of dental practitioners towards the use of stem cells in dentistry. Methods: Questionnaire- based study of 126 dental professionals (MDS and BDS) from various dental clinics in Udaipur city. Results: Respondents had knowledge of classification of stem cells (60.3%) and sources of dental stem cells (54.8%). Only 34.9% of respondents had knowledge about development of dental stem cells from non dental organs. Chi- Square tests showed significant association between academic- levels and source of information of stem- cells, harvesting stem cells from the source other than teeth and development of dental stem cells to develop non dental organs. Conclusion: There is a positive attitude towards dental stem cells, although the knowledge about this method is limited. The knowledge is based on the qualification and not the experience. There is a need to increase knowledge among professionals regarding clinical application of the same.
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[Ankita Goyal (2015); KNOWLEDGE, AWARENESS AND ATTITUDE REGARDING STEM CELLS AMONG DENTAL PRACTITIONERS IN UDAIPUR CITY, RAJASTHAN Int. J. of Adv. Res. 3 (2). 0] (ISSN 2320-5407). www.journalijar.com
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