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IJHSR. 2013; 3(4): 80-85

Opinion of Primary School Principals on Effectiveness of School Based Oral Health Program in Abha City, Saudi Arabia.

Ibrahim FA, Tikare S, Togoo RA, Shahrani I, Ravi KS.

Background: In recent years, the concept of a ‘Health Promoting Schools’ has received much interest. This survey assesses primary school principal's opinion on oral health promotion program conducted by King Khalid University, College of Dentistry, Abha, Saudi Arabia.
Method: A questionnaire was developed to assess school principals opinion about oral health promotion program conducted in their respective schools. The questionnaire was sent to principals of all participating schools by mail. The collected feedback data was entered in the computer and analyzed for results.
Results: A total of 14 schools were considered for the feedback survey of which 13 (92.8%) schools responded.12 (92.3%) of the principals were of the opinion that the information on causes and prevention of oral diseases has increased oral health awareness among school children whereas9 (69.2%) principals thought awareness increased among school teachers as well. Only 4 (30.8%) principals had opinioned that there might be reduction in school absenteeism due to oral health program. 10 (76.9%) principals ensured that parents of the children are aware of the school oral health program. All 13 (100%) principals were absolutely satisfied with respect to the benefits of the program, the conduct of the supervising staff and the dental students carrying out the program.
Conclusions: There was a strong positive opinion about the program among the school principals. The overall results suggest that the program was beneficial as well as effective on children, parents and the teachers in improving their awareness about oral health. The results of this feedback survey serves as an evaluation tool and the results can be used for continuous improvement of school oral health programs.

Key words: Satisfaction, Dental health Education, Saudi Arabia

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