Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Forensic Odontology among Graduates and Post Graduate Students at Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS)

 

Anwar Ali1                     -                      BDS, FDSRCS
Khurram Parvez Sardar2            -          BDS, MDS
Saqif Nasir3                         -                       BDS
Syeda Maliha Wakar4                 -           BDS

ABSTRACT:

INTRODUCTION: Forensic odontology is the recognition discipline based upon the revealing of inimitable characteristics exists in each individual’s dental structures. The rationale of this research was to evaluate knowledge, attitude and practice of forensic odontology amongst dental graduates and post graduate students at DUHS.

METHODOLOGY: This hospital based cross sectional study was executed at Dow University of Health Sciences. Over a 3 month period, from 1 August 2015 to 1 November 2015, questionnaires containing 18 questions were hand out to the dental professionals of all dental departments including Dr Ishrat Ul Ibad Khan Institute Of Oral Health Sciences, Dow International Dental College And Dow Dental College.

RESULT: In this study, 83.7% participants had no formal training in the field of forensic odontology. 84.8% concurred that their present knowledge and awareness about forensic odontology is not adequate. 87% respondents agreed that dental records are useful in identifying the deceased and crime suspect, while 69.9% maintained their dental records, of which only 17.4% maintained dental records for more than 3 years while 53.3% maintained for less than 3 years. 54 % had no awareness how to identify bite mark.

CONCLUSION: This study reveals that there was lack of knowledge and awareness of forensic odontology amongst the participants and very few of them had awareness regarding forensic odontology. Majority of the participants did not sustain records for longer time.

KEYWORDS: Forensic Odontology, Knowledge, Attitude and Practice.

HOW TO CITE: Ali A, Sardar KP, Nasir S, Wakar SM. Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Forensic Odontology among Graduates and Post Graduate Students at Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS). J Pak Dent Assoc 2016; 25(3): 110-114.

Received: 17 May 2016, Accepted: 28 September 2016