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Knowledge of Management of Traumatic Dental Injuries of Emergency Department Physicians and Residents in the United Arab Emirates

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Purpose: To investigate knowledge of emergency department physicians and residents (ED-Drs) about management of traumatic dental injuries (TDI) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Methods: A cross sectional study of ED-Drs was conducted using a questionnaire and a score of TDI knowledge (TDI-K) was created (maximum of six). Statistical analysis was performed using chi-square, Fisher's exact, Mann-Whitney U, and Kruskal-Wallis tests, and significance was set as P <0.05.
Results: One hundred fifty-five physicians participated, with one-third reporting they encountered TDI more than once a week. Sixty percent of ED-Drs had received TDI education, of which a significantly higher proportion (84.4 percent) were Western-trained (P =0.007). Consultants and specialists had the highest knowledge scores (P =0.001). ED-Drs with five to 10 years' experience scored significantly lower (3.07±1.65) than those with less than five years of experience (3.86±1.36) and those with more than 10 years of experience (3.83±1.36, P=0.034). Only 38.2 percent of general practitioners (GPs) were confident placing sutures intraorally, compared to 80.6 percent of the consultants and specialists and 57.1 percent of the residents.
Conclusion: Overall knowledge of TDI and their management among ED-Drs across the UAE is inadequate. GPs had the lowest knowledge and confidence to manage TDI. (J Dent Child 2019;86(1):24-31)
Received December 11, 2018; Last Revision January 11, 2019; Accepted January 11, 2019.
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Keywords: EMERGENCY ROOM; KNOWLEDGE; PHYSICIANS; TRAUMATIC DENTAL INJURIES; UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Pediatric dentist in private practice, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Hamdan Bin Mohammed College of Dental Medicine, Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2: Associate professor and chair, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Hamdan Bin Mohammed College of Dental Medicine, Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Email: [email protected] 3: Assistant clinical professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Hamdan Bin Mohammed College of Dental Medicine, Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 4: Associate professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Hamdan Bin Mohammed College of Dental Medicine, Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Publication date: January 1, 2019

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  • Acquired after the merger between the American Society of Dentistry for Children and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in 2002, the Journal of Dentistry for Children (JDC) is an internationally renowned journal whose publishing dates back to 1934. Published three times a year, JDC promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. It covers a wide range of topics related to the clinical care of children, from clinical techniques of daily importance to the practitioner, to studies on child behavior and growth and development. JDC also provides information on the physical, psychological and emotional conditions of children as they relate to and affect their dental health.
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