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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 12-15

Assessment of cross-cultural competency among dental interns: An exploratory study

Department of Public Health Dentistry, Surendera Dental College and Research Institute, Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan, India

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Dr. Thounaojam Leimaton
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Surendera Dental College and Research Institute, Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijohr.ijohr_2_20

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Aims: The study aims to quantity the variation in dental interns' self perceived levels toward cultural competence. Settings and Design: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 84 dental interns from dental college during December 2019. Subjects and Methods: 84 dental interns were participated from college during the month of December for this study. Data were collected through interview using pretested and prevalidated form, consisting of demographic variables such as age, gender, and community with cross-cultural care survey that concerning about the ability to deliver diverse patient's care. Statistical Analysis Used: The statistical analysis was done using SPSS software, and mean, standard deviation, paired t-test and Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) test were applied for the analysis of the data, and the level of significance was set at P < 0.05. Results: It showed that males had significantly higher mean ± SD knowledge (3.29 ± 0.60), skill (3.55 ± 0.52), and attitude (3.32 ± 0.51) scores, respectively, as compared to females; however, while comparing the various domains on the basis of religion factor, the difference was not found statistically significant. Conclusions: The current study suggests that cultural competence knowledge, skill, and attitude of the study participants were inadequate. Hence, there is a need to conduct training programs for interns to enlighten them on the sensitive issue of cross-cultural competency in oral health services.

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