Knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of dysphagia clinicians regarding oral health—An international study

Mustuloğlu Ş., Özler C. Ö., Tekçiçek M. U., Arslan S. S.

Special Care in Dentistry, vol.44, no.1, pp.231-241, 2024 (ESCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 44 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/scd.12861
  • Journal Name: Special Care in Dentistry
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, AgeLine, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.231-241
  • Keywords: attitude, behavior, dysphagia clinicians, knowledge, oral health
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Aim: The aim of this study was to investigate the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of dysphagia clinicians regarding oral health care. Methodology and Results: An 11-question and 37-statement survey inquiring the clinicians' descriptive information, knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors related to oral health was administered via Google forms. A total of 234 dysphagia clinicians responded on behalf of themselves. The findings showed that 41.5% (n = 97) of the clinicians had a high level of knowledge about oral health. There was a significant relationship between the level of oral health knowledge and the clinicians' oral health education (p <.05). A percentage of 6.4 (n = 15) of the clinicians had a high level of attitude toward oral health. Oral health education status of clinicians and their profession was significantly related to the attitude toward oral health (p <.05). Most of the clinicians (44.0%, n = 103) had low behavior level. The level of behavior was significantly associated with status of receiving oral health education, their professions, duration of experience, and institution (p <.05). Conclusions: The study showed that clinicians exhibit moderate mean knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors scores, and these states are significantly associated with oral health education. This can serve as a stimulus for clinicians caring for dysphagia patients to receive oral health education during their university education.