Patients' attitude to wearing of gloves by dentists in Nigeria

Citation:
Otuyemi, O, Oginni A, Ogunbodede E, Oginni F, Olusile A.  2001.  Patients' attitude to wearing of gloves by dentists in Nigeria, 2001/05/01. East African medical journal. 78:220-2.

Abstract:

To evaluate patient's attitudes to the use of gloves by dentists.This consisted of a four-item questionnaire administered to 445 consecutive patients attending our dental clinic.
. Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals' Complex, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
Four hundred and forty five patients above the age of fifteen years attending the dental clinic for the first time.
Majority of the patients were in the 20-30 year age group and over 93% had formal education. Most of the respondents (88.8%) stated that glove wearing was essential and over 63% considered that glove wearing protected both the operator and the patient. Whilst about one-third of respondents would attend for treatment when gloves were not worn, 81.3% felt that gloves should be changed after each patient. There were statistically significant differences (p<0.05) in responses in relation to age-groups and educational attainment, however no sex differences (p>0.05) were reported.
This survey showed a high level of awareness by patients on the use of gloves by dentists. It also found that age-groups and levels of educational attainment influenced patients attitude to glove use.

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