Title: 0758 - Perceptions and Attitudes of Indian Dental Professionals’ Towards Teledentistry
Charu Khurana (Presenter)
Centre for Dental Education and Research (CDER), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
OP Kharbanda, All India Institute of Medical Sciences
Objectives: Telemedicine has been used in medicine for many years. However, the use of telemedicine in dentistry is very little. Teledentistry has the potential to be a highly effective mechanism for enhancing early diagnosis and to be used in dental education. In a developing country such as India, teledentisty is a necessity for tomorrow. The present study was conducted to assess the dentists’ perceptions and attitudes of the usefulness of teledentistry in improving dental practice and patient outcomes; to determine dentists' willingness to use teledentistry in future; and to determine the perceived barriers about the use of digital dentistry in India.
Methods: A descriptive, cross-sectional study involving an anonymous self-administered survey was conducted among dental students and practitioners in India by mail. A 24-item, close-ended questionnaire assessing perceptions and attitudes of dentists in different domains were collected. An email list of dental professionals was obtained from the contact directory of the Indian Dental Association. The survey was mailed to the stratified random sample of 1,000 dentists from five zones of India.
Results: The response rate was 45% (450/1000). More than 80% of respondents agreed that teledentistry would improve dental practice through enhancing communication with peers, guidance and referral of new patients. The majority also felt that teledentistry is quite useful in improving patient management, and increasing patient satisfaction whereas a substantial proportion of respondents expressed uncertainty with government initiatives, technical reliability, reimbursement schemes, data protection laws, linguistic diversity and orientation among dentists. Majority of the respondents were lacking adequate knowledge and awareness on the practical application of teledentistry.
Conclusions: An unbalanced knowledge among dentists on being how to be a part of teledentistry projects in routine practice has suggested the need for awareness programmes to fill the knowledge gaps and instill positive attitudes.
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