Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 182–187 | Cite as

What Surgical Education the Speciality Offers? Perception of Role of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery by 1200 Healthcare Professionals, Students and the General Public in Hyderabad, India

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Abstract

Aim

To investigate the perception of Oral and maxillofacial surgery by healthcare professionals, students and general public.

Materials and Methods

A questionnaire form was created that listed ten clinical situations, and given by hand to 1200 individuals, divided into six groups: group 1, medical professionals; group 2, Specialties of dentistry; group 3, general dentists; group 4, medical students; group 5, dental students; and group 6, general public, each comprising 200 individuals. Respondents were asked to indicate who they would expect to treat them if they had one of the specified conditions listed in the questionnaire. We present the results and current awareness levels of this simple questionnaire. The present study addresses the common issue raised by many authors, ‘What surgical education the speciality offers?’ especially to medical professionals, medical students and general public to enhance an appropriate referral.

Results

Most of the respondents in groups 2, 3 and 5 agreed that specific conditions listed in the questionnaire were within the domain of oral and maxillofacial surgery, but such response was not seen in groups 1, 4 and 6 (p < 0.001). An overall awareness level of oral and maxillofacial surgery was found to be 50.2%.

Conclusion

The onus of creating and improving the awareness and perception of our specialty lies on oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Unified efforts at individual as well as global level will help achieve this goal.

Keywords

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Perception Healthcare professionals Students General public 

Notes

Acknowledgements

I would like to thank my seniors Dr. Gireesha Reddy, MDS, and Dr. Udhav Kanse and my colleagues Dr. Abhishek Budharapu, MDS, and Dr. Revanth Kumar. S, MDS, for their general support and assistance.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Human and Animal Rights

This article does not contain any studies with animals performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Oral and Maxillofacial SurgerySri Sai Collage of Dental SurgeryVikarabadIndia
  2. 2.Department of Oral and Maxillofacial SurgerySri Sai College of Dental SurgeryVikarabadIndia

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