Virtual Conference
Pharma Conference 2022

Maryam Basirat

Guilan University of Medical sciences, Iran

Title: General dentists’ knowledge and practice about corticosteroid prescription


Introduction: Lack of adequate familiarity with indications, contraindications, and possible complications of corticosteroid prescription may lead dentists toward unreasonable administration of these drugs, which can be deleterious to patient's health and his or her quality of life.

Aim: This study aims to evaluate general dentists’ knowledge and practice about corticosteroid prescription in Rasht, Iran.

Material and methods:
This cross-sectional descriptive study was performed through a census using a valid self-made questionnaire pertaining to demographic information, knowledge, practice and opinion assessment questions. The questionnaire was completed by 110 general dentists and the data were analyzed using SPSS version16. Mann-Whitney and Kruskal-Wallis tests were used in this study. The significance level was set at p<0.05.

Results: The median dentist's knowledge score Was 5 (out of 7) with 58% frequency. Eighty two (78.2%) of the dentists were in the medium Knowledge level, while 32 (29%) of them had prescribed corticosteroids in necrotic teeth with cellulite and diffused swelling, a decision that can lead to intensification and expansion of infectious complications. There was no statistical correlation between knowledge and also the practice of dentists and their age, sex, work experience, and the dental school where they had graduated from.

Conclusions: This study illustrated that Rasht dentists’ knowledge about indications, contraindications, and complications of corticosteroid prescription has deficiencies which should be addressed by more appropriate syllabi in dental schools, continuing education workshops, and pamphlets.


Maryam Basirat has completed her general dentistry at the age of 25 years from Shahid Beheshti University of medical sciences, Iran and her specialty in oral and maxillofacial medicine at the age of 35 years from Mashhad University of medical sciences, Iran. She is the academic member of oral and maxillofacial medicine department of Guilan University. She has over 30 publication that has been cited over 100 times, and her publication h- index is 7(google scholar). She has been serving as a reviewer of several reputed ORCID ID is 0000-0003-1671-7279.