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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 530-539

Perception of dental and medical teaching faculty regarding mobile dental application

1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Clinical Research Assistant – University of British Columbia – Land and Food System, Vancouver, Canada, Research Scholar Pacific Academy of Higher Education and Research Udaipur, Rajastjan, India
2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Ex-Dean, KM Shah Dental College and Hospital, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
3 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Faculty of Dental Sciences, Al bhaha University, Al Bahah, Saudi Arabia
4 Department of Prosthodontics, Assistant Director of Admissions, CDI College/Vancouver Career College – Vancouver, Canada

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Dr. Ricky Pal Singh
Department of Land and Food System - University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

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DOI: 10.4103/jpbs.JPBS_261_18

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Context: Mobile dental applications Aims: The aim of this study was to assess the attitude and awareness about use of mobile dental apps among the dental and medical teaching faculty of Ghaziabad district. Settings and Design: Cross-sectional questionnaire survey Materials and Methods: All the teaching faculty of ITS Dental College were included in the survey and were provided with the questionnaire containing three components pertaining to demographic details, prevalence, and perception regarding ideal mobile dental apps. Data were collected through Google forms and were assessed on a 5-point Likert scale. Statistical analysis: Data were analyzed with descriptive statistics. For the normality of data, Kolmogorov–Smirnov test was performed, questionnaire was checked for validity and reliability using Cronbach’s α analysis, and interclass correlation coefficient and chi-squared analysis were used to assess the relationship between the dental and medical teaching faculty and questionnaire response. The data were analyzed by using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences software version 23 (IBM, Armonk, New York, USA). Results: An intraclass correlation between the study subjects and significant association was found, which was interpretative of strong correlation among the participants (ICC = 0.273, P = 0.042). The chi-squared test also revealed a significant association for most of the responses (P = 0.00), except for the fact that “dental apps are essential tools.” Nearly 89% of the participants were using smartphones and 75% of the faculty cited as portability of mobile dental apps as the biggest advantage. Conclusion: The findings from the study reflected academic and technological platform for using handheld devices in clinical medical and dental setting. The ergonomics of recent handheld devices gives more comfort and portability to the users as compared to the standard operating system such as personal computers and desktop, which gives the mobile dental/medical apps an edge over them that can be used for prospective clinical settings.

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