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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 56-62

An assessment of pharmacy students' knowledge, attitude, and practice toward oral health: An exploratory study

1 Department of Pharmacy Practice, School of Pharmacy, International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2 Department of Dentistry, School of Dentistry, International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Kingston Rajiah
Department of Pharmacy Practice, International Medical University, No 126, Jalan Jalil Perkasa 19, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur 570 00
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2231-0762.144601

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Background: Community pharmacies are now frequently being visited by customers/patients to seek oral advice. Malaysian community pharmacists are also found to be experiencing an increased demand of oral health advices by their visiting customers. Aims/Objectives: The aim of the study was to explore the knowledge, attitude, and practice of the final year Bachelor of Pharmacy students in a private university toward oral health, as these students will be the future pharmacists. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was carried out among final year undergraduate pharmacy students by using self-administered questionnaire. It was conducted as a classroom survey. Raosoft software was used to determine the minimum required sample size. Results: The demographic distribution of the respondents was separated into gender, ethnicity, and state of origin. Over 83.8% of the participants were females, with Chinese ethnicity dominating (78.4%) compared to others, and the distribution showed 11 different states of origin. Conclusions: This research finding shows that pharmacy students have positive attitude toward oral health despite having poor knowledge and mediocre practice principles regarding oral health.

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