| ORIGINAL ARTICLE
|Year : 2012 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 68--73
Breast self-examination: Knowledge, attitude, and practice among female dental students in Hyderabad city, India
Dolar Doshi1, B Srikanth Reddy1, Suhas Kulkarni1, P Karunakar2
1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Panineeya Institute of Dental Sciences & Hospital, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Panineeya Institute of Dental Sciences & Hospital, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Aim: The aim was to assess the knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) regarding breast self-examination (BSE) in a cohort of Indian female dental students.
Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive questionnaire study was conducted on dental students at Panineeya Institute of Dental Sciences, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. Data were analyzed using SPSS software (version 12). Chi-square test was used for analysis of categorical variables. Correlation was analyzed using Karl Pearson's correlation coefficient. The total scores for KAP were categorized into good and poor scores based on 70% cut-off point out of the total expected score for each. P-value of <0.05 was considered statistically significant.
Results: This study involved a cohort of 203 female dental students. Overall, the total mean knowledge score was 14.22 ± 8.04 with the fourth year students having the maximum mean score (19.98 ± 3.68). The mean attitude score was 26.45 ± 5.97. For the practice score, the overall mean score was 12.64 ± 5.92 with the highest mean score noted for third year 13.94 ± 5.31 students. KAP scores upon correlation revealed a significant correlation between knowledge and attitude scores only (P<0.05).
Conclusion: The study highlights the need for educational programs to create awareness regarding regular breast cancer screening behavior.
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Panineeya Institute of Dental Sciences & Hospital, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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