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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 79-84

Knowledge regarding orthodontic iatrogenics, challenges, and management strategies among orthodontists and orthodontic postgraduate students: A questionnaire survey

1 Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics, KLE's Vishwanath Katti Institute of Dental Sciences, Belagavi, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Public Health, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, KAHER, Belagavi, Karnataka, India

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Amit B Nilgar
514, Prajakta Shakti Marg, Shivbasav Nagar, Belagavi - 590 010, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijds.ijds_45_21

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Context: Negligence or improper care during orthodontic treatment results in various unwanted complications due to the orthodontic appliances. Iatrogenics is a situation that leads to reversible or irreversible damage to patients' health which is unintentionally induced by treatment. The knowledge and foresight to predict any iatrogenic incident will help an orthodontist to avoid any greater complications in the predicted outcome of orthodontic treatment. Aim: The aim of the study was to assess the knowledge of orthodontists and orthodontic postgraduate students regarding iatrogenics, its challenges, and management strategies. Settings and Design: An online questionnaire survey. Subjects and Methods: A predesigned pretested questionnaire on awareness, challenges, and management domains regarding iatrogenics, involved during orthodontic treatment, was circulated using Google Forms among orthodontists and orthodontic postgraduate students. Statistical Analysis Used: Responses of the participants were entered in excel and were assessed using descriptive and frequency statistics in SPSS (version 20). Results: It was observed that only 10% of participants had sufficient knowledge regarding iatrogenics which can possibly occur during any orthodontic treatment, its challenges as well as the management. Only half of the participants were trained to handle these kinds of situations. Conclusions: Orthodontists and orthodontic postgraduate students had an average to poor knowledge regarding iatrogenics involved in orthodontic treatment, its challenges, and management strategies.

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