Objective: To assess decision making process and knowledge level of dentists treating children with type 1 diabetes. Study design: Cross-sectional survey among dentistry residents and dental specialists working in clinics that provide dental care to children with type 1 diabetes. Results: A total of 166 respondents were included. 42% of respondents perceived that they have sufficient knowledge to treat children with diabetes, in correlation with an average score of 1.9 out of 4 on knowledge questions. Over 80% of dentists decided to treat patients by consulting with the treating physician or by checking HbA1c and glucose blood levels independently. Greater knowledge was associated with a significantly higher tendency of the dentists to determine if the child's diabetes is controlled, and to refer less often to the hospital. Furthermore, greater knowledge was also associated with dentists' greater perception that they have enough knowledge, skills and confidence to treat children with diabetes. Conclusions: The study revealed significant gaps in the knowledge on diabetes among dentists who provide dental care to children. Dentists, pediatricians, endocrinologists, and other healthcare professionals who provide care for children should be encouraged to collaborate to create a mutual knowledgeable work environment for delivering best care to their patients.
- Type 1 diabetes mellitus
- decision making