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Occupational exposures among dental students: feelings experienced by the injured

Grant number: 11/01923-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2011
Effective date (End): April 30, 2012
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Collective Health - Public Health
Principal researcher:Camila Pinelli
Grantee:Thaís de Freitas Sampaio
Home Institution: Faculdade de Odontologia (FOAr). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Araraquara. Araraquara , SP, Brazil


The present study aims to investigate the perceptions in relation to occupational exposures to potentially infectious biologic materials, among undergraduate students, during a two year period. A convenience sample will be selected among dental students from the 3rd to 5th grades at Araraquara School of Dentistry - UNESP that perform dental treatment in patients, who suffered occupational injuries at the end of each academic (2011 and 2012). Within a universe of 210 students per year to be investigated, it is intended to conduct the qualitative study exclusively among the ones that suffered injuries, by checking the feelings experienced after exposure and their attitudes in the post-accident the accident. Interviews will be conducted through a script of open questions, whose testimony will be recorded in a voice recorder. Their speeches will be transcribed in paper/ computer in order to be analyzed, and the QUALI-QUANTISOFT software, which allows the Analysis of the Collective Speeches (DSC) according to three methodological figures: central ideas, key-expressions and the DSC itself (Lefèvre & Lefèvre, 2003). The present research aims to verify the experienced feelings and attitudes on how to proceed after the occurrence of injuries, so as to implement teaching strategies, enhancing and facilitating the access and compliance to protocols, and encouraging the reporting of these injuries.

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