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International Scholarly Research Notices
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 291807, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/291807
Research Article

Perception of Dental Professionals towards Biostatistics

1Department of Public Health Dentistry, Teerthanker Mahaveer Dental College and Research Centre, Moradabad, India
2Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology, Uttaranchal Dental & Medical Research Institute, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
3Department of Public Health Dentistry, Kothiwal Dental College and Research Centre, Moradabad, India

Received 29 May 2014; Revised 26 July 2014; Accepted 4 August 2014; Published 29 October 2014

Academic Editor: Luis-Alfonso Arráez-Aybar

Copyright © 2014 Manu Batra et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Biostatistics is becoming an integral part of dental sciences. Awareness regarding the subject is not thoroughly assessed in the field of dentistry. So the study was conducted to assess dental professionals’ knowledge, attitude, and perception toward biostatistics at an academic dental institution. An anonymous cross-sectional questionnaire survey was conducted among all the faculty and postgraduate students of two dental colleges in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh. The responses were assessed on 5-point likert scale. The survey response rate was 73.71%. Two-thirds of respondents believed biostatistics to be a difficult subject and at the same time half of them did not consider it to be more difficult than other subjects in dentistry. Females were less competent than males in applying biostatistical skills which was found to be statistically significant. Results suggested that dentists with research or academics as an adjunct to their clinical practice had better command over the subject. The current study shows that there is lack of command over the subject of biostatistics among dental professionals although they were aware of its importance in dentistry. There is a need of changing the training pattern of biostatistics for dental professionals which would make them confident enough to apply biostatistics in their clinical practice.