FIXED AND REMOVABLE PROSTHODONTICS ETHICAL SENSITIVITY SCALE-FARPESS
A VALID AND RELIABLE TOOL TO EVALUATE ETHICAL SENSITIVITY IN PROSTHODONTICS
In Prosthodontic services the dentist is responsible for all the phases of prosthesis fabrication. This includes all steps from mouth preparation to prosthesis fabrication, insertion and even follow up, despite the fact that some phases related to prosthesis fabrication have to be done by technicians in the dental laboratory. But many studies have shown that the dentists are often negligent to even the basic principles of Prosthesis construction such as impressions and master cast sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of removable prosthesis without any prior mouth preparation and adequately explained written job description.
This cross sectional study was designed to develop a valid and reliable tool to evaluate ethical sensitivity of the freshly graduated dentists regarding fixed and removable Prosthodontics at the completion of bachelor's of dental surgery program.
This scale has been developed on the basis of seven step approach to develop an instrument. FARPESS is based on questions related to three domains of ethics i.e. Autonomy, Beneficence, Non-malaficence and Professionalism. The Content Validity Index (CVI) and Angoff’s method were used to determine the validity and cutt-off passing Score respectively. Whereas, we analyzed reliability of this instrument through Cronbach's alpha.
Mean age of the participants was 23.6 with age range 7. About 94.8% freshly graduated dentists were found sensitive compared to 5.4% insensitive or partially sensitive to the ethical issues involved in the provision of fixed and removable prosthesis. Also, there was insignificant relation between gender and ethical sensitivity of the freshly graduated dentists.
FARPESS is a valid and reliable tool to measure dental ethical sensitivity in Prosthodontics.
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