عنوان انگلیسی مقاله:
Managing Cardiac Patients: Dentists’ Knowledge, Perceptions, and Practices
ترجمه فارسی عنوان مقاله:
مدیریت بیماران قلبی: دانش دندانپزشکان، ادراکات و شیوه های دندانپزشکان
ScienceDirect- Elsevier- International Dental Journal, Corrected proof: doi:10:1016/j:identj:2021:04:006
Maha A. Al-Mohaissen
Objectives: Dental patients may require invasive treatment, and awareness of their medical
conditions is essential for optimal care. We assessed the knowledge, perceptions, and attitudes of dentists practicing in Saudi Arabia (SA) and their associations with managing
patients with common cardiac conditions.
Methods: A national survey of knowledge and attitudes of practicing dentists towards
patients with common cardiac conditions was conducted from May 2019 to July 2020 in SA.
The survey comprised a newly developed, validated, electronic, self-administered English
Results: Overall, 282 dentists completed the survey, of whom 45.5% perceived cardiac patients as difficult to manage, while 64.5% stated that they refer these patients to cardiologists before dental intervention. Regarding knowledge about cardiac conditions, 72% achieved an overall knowledge score <55%; however, their infective endocarditis scores were better. Consultants and specialists (P < .001), those with a PhD/board certification (P = .013), dentists with prior education on cardiac patient management (P = .002), and those working with a cardiologist (P = .016) scored higher on knowledge. Conversely, private dentists (P = .003) and those referring patients to cardiologists before treatment (P = .003) scored lower. Dentists’ knowledge of cardiovascular diseases in women was low; only those who believed women experience a greater risk of cardiac complications achieved a higher score. Approximately 90.1% wished to receive education regarding cardiac patient management.
Conclusions: Knowledge of cardiac patient management was suboptimal in this study. Dentists perceived cardiac patients as difficult to manage, but wished to learn more regarding optimal management. Thus, postgraduate education programmes that promote optimal dental management strategies for cardiac patients are necessary.
keywords: Knowledge | Attitude | Dentist | Cardiac patient | Cardiac disease | Cardiovascular disease in women