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Memorias del Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencias de la Salud

versión On-line ISSN 1812-9528

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SANTA CRUZ-GONZALEZ, Nelson Osvaldo; PEREZ-AQUINO, Cesar Fernando; VILLAGRA-RIVERA, Nancy  y  ACHUCARRO-GALEANO, Sofía. Level of knowledge and practices on oral health of graduate students of the Nursing Career of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Catholic University of Asunción. Mem. Inst. Investig. Cienc. Salud [online]. 2019, vol.17, n.2, pp.56-63. ISSN 1812-9528.  https://doi.org/10.18004/mem.iics/1812-9528/2019.017.02.56-063.

Young adults constitute a large part of the Paraguayan population and considering that oral health knowledge and practices are closely related to the level of education, the objective of this study was to evaluate the level of knowledge and practices on oral health of postgraduate students of the Nursing Career of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Catholic University of Asunción (CE FCSUCA), in 2018. The design was descriptive, cross-sectional with an analytical component in which all postgraduate students were included in May and June 2018. Data collection was carried out through a questionnaire on oral health self-administered and anonymous. The data were recorded in an electronic spreadsheet and analyzed using the IBMSSPS 23.0 Statistical Program. The sample consisted of 166 students, mostly female (75.3%), between 20 and 29 years old (54.8%), studying some specialization program (57.8%) and belonging to the area of Health (94%). 57.83% and 55.42% of the students presented knowledge and practices of oral health at the regular level, respectively. An association was found between the level of knowledge and practice and between the level of knowledge. It is concluded that the levels of knowledge and practices on oral health in the postgraduate students were insufficient, so the implementation of educational awareness strategies in the area is proposed.

Palabras clave : oral health; education; adults.

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