Perception of Special-Care Dentistry among Dental Students at Universitas Indonesia: A Cross-Sectional Study

Atik Ramadhani, Fiki Rizqa Izzati, Diah Ayu Maharani, Normaliza Ab Malik, Febriana Setiawati

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Objective: To assess the perceptions of special-care dentistry (SCD) among dental students in the Faculty of Dentistry, Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia. Methods: This cross-sectional study used a self-administered online questionnaire, and all preclinical and clinical students were invited to participate. The survey items comprised four domains related to participants’ characteristics, perceptions of SCD, perceptions of managing patients with special needs, and perceptions of SCD education. The chi-square test and Mann–Whitney test were used in the analysis. Results: A total of 572 students participated in this study. The findings showed that the clinical students were more familiar with SCD than the preclinical students were (p = 0.008). A statistically significant relationship was found between the study program and the ability to work independently with special-needs patients after graduation (p < 0.001), the ability to refer special-needs patients to specialists (p = 0.042), the perception of postgraduate training-program needs (p < 0.001), and the opportunity to consider postgraduate training (p = 0.004). Conclusion: Most of the respondents had a favorable perception of SCD. Thus, an improved SCD curriculum and SCD training for undergraduate and postgraduate students should be provided to develop the knowledge and skills needed to provide care to special-needs patients.

Original languageEnglish
Article number19
JournalDentistry Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2024


  • dental education
  • disabled persons
  • perception
  • special-care dentistry


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