Patients' attitude to wearing of gloves by dentists in Nigeria

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.


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.