Knowledge and associated factors about rare diseases among dentists in israel: A cross sectional survey

Eitan Mijiritsky, Michal Dekel-Steinkeller, Oren Peleg, Shlomi Kleinman, Clariel Ianculovici, Amir Shuster, Shimrit Arbel, Menachem Ben-Ezra, Maayan Shacham

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Aim: The current study aims to assess levels of knowledge among Israeli dentists about rare diseases with orofacial manifestations, and whether occupational, regional and social factors influence those levels. Materials and Methods: A total of 309 Israeli dentists participated in an online survey that provided basic demographic information pertaining to their knowledge about rare diseases, their clinical experience with rare diseases, what further information they considered necessary, and which sources of information they most frequently utilize. Results: Young age, country of dental education, practicing in both public and private settings, as well as the number of hours allocated to dental studies and the opportunity to acquire information on rare diseases with orofacial manifestations, all seem to affect the level of knowledge. Conclusions: Developments in the field of rare disease are constantly ongoing, and improvements in post-graduate dental studies about them should keep pace. The results of the current study reveal the areas upon which such curricula should focus with respect to dental practitioners.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6830
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number13
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2021


  • Dentists
  • Factors associated with knowledge
  • Knowledge
  • Oral medicine
  • Rare diseases
  • Rare diseases with orofacial manifestation


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