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Title: Tehran dentists' self-reported knowledge and attitudes towards HIV/AIDS and observed willingness to treat simulated HIV-positive patients
Authors: Khosravanifard, B.
Rakhshan, V.
Ghasemi, M.
Pakdel, A.
Baradaran-Eghbal, S.
Sheikholeslami, R.
Dadolahi-Sarab, T.
Rakhshan, H.
Issue Date: 2012
Language: English
Abstract: Dentists' self-reported attitudes towards patients with HIV/AIDS might not reflect their actual behaviour. In this study 2 observers posed as HIV-positive patients and directly evaluated the behaviour of 300 dentists in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran. Two months later another observer interviewed the same dentists at their offices regarding AIDS-related knowledge and self-reported attitudes. Only 14.9% of dentists agreed to treat the simulated HIV-positive patients, 78.5% referred and 6.6% rejected them. Older age, longer work experience, graduation from a non-Iranian university and not having additional degrees were significantly related to adverse behaviours. Mean scores were 8.3 [SD 9.7] [out of 18] for knowledge and 17.5 [SD 7.1] [out of 39] for attitude. There were no significant correlations between dentists' knowledge and attitude or between knowledge and behaviour, but there was a weak positive correlation between self-reported attitude and observed behaviour
Description: 928 - 934
Keywords: Dentists
Self Report
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Prospective Studies
Cross-Sectional Studies
Subject: Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
ISSN: 1020-3397
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