Perspectives to receive oral health information in bus stands and their knowledge, attitudes and practices of passengers in Rangareddy district, Telangana state, India: a cross sectional survey

M D Shakeel Anjum, Parthasarathi Reddy, M Monica, K Yadav Rao, Irram Abbas, Sheetal Akula, Ramvilas Reddy


Aim: The aim of the study is to know the opinion of the passengers travelling by bus in receiving oral health information in bus stands through various methods, and to know their knowledge, attitude and practice regarding the oral health.

Material and Methods: A Cross-sectional study was carried out at ten bus stands of Ranga Reddy district, Telangana State. A 400 passengers were decided to be included as subjects to obtain information by interview method with a pretested questionnaire, for the sake of convenience as sampling was difficult. Descriptive statistics and chi-square test was applied using SPSS version 20.0. 

Results: A total of 400 passengers completed the survey. Eighty-five percent of the passengers agreed that bus stands should have oral health related information. Forty percent of the passengers preferred to receive oral hygiene instructions printed behind the ticket followed by posters and through television. Fifty-five percent of passengers preferred that oral health informative posters should be pasted near platforms.

Conclusions: Majority of the passengers preferred to receive oral health information in bus stands. Hence, efforts should be directed by government in spreading the oral health information among public through this mode too.

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Journal of Research in Dentistry, University of Southern of Santa Catarina, Santa Catarina, ISSN 2317-5907

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