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Public Attitudes Toward Chairside Screening for Medical Conditions in Dental Settings

Authors Bin Mubayrik A, Al Dosary S, Alshawaf R, Alduweesh R, Alfurayh S, Alojaymi T, Tuwaym M, Alsuhaibani D, Aldaghri E

Received 19 December 2020

Accepted for publication 14 January 2021

Published 2 February 2021 Volume 2021:15 Pages 187—195


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Johnny Chen

Azizah Bin Mubayrik,1 Sara Al Dosary,1 Reema Alshawaf,1 Reem Alduweesh,2 Shada Alfurayh,2 Tagreed Alojaymi,2 Malath Tuwaym,2 Daniyah Alsuhaibani,2 Ebtihal Aldaghri2

1Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Science Department, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 2College of Dentistry, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence: Azizah Bin Mubayrik
Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Science, Department, College of Dentistry, King Saud University, 3680 King Saud University Unit No. 3ar, Riyadh 12372 − 7453, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Objective: The aim of this study is to investigate the public’s attitudes and knowledge toward chairside dental screening and laboratory investigations based on demographic data.
Methods: A self-administered structured questionnaire regarding chairside screening was designed employing a 5-point Likert-type scale. The questionnaire was distributed to among sample of adults. Data were collected and statistically analyzed using descriptive statistics, t-tests, ANOVA, and P values.
Results: A total of 573 questionnaires were completed. Most respondents were willing to have a dentist conduct screening for diseases, in particular blood measurement (89%), hypertension (85.7%) and lab result discussion (83.1%), having medical condition did not affect the willingness. The lowest reported willingness was to undergo biopsy (54%) and hepatitis screening (67.6%) Age, education, hospital, and prior chairside screening were found to be significant factors for willingness.
Conclusion: The population’s willingness to undergo chairside medical screenings in the dental office is crucial for the implementation of this strategy and to deliver a holistic approach to treating patients’ medical conditions.

Keywords: chairside screening, dental, medical conditions, public

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