Original Article

IJMDC. 2021; 5(3): 923-928

Assessing the use of social media as a source of information related to dentistry in Saudi Arabia

Authors: Philomine Princy, Rawan Yahya Shareif, Lama Majed Alharbi, Fatima Esmail Alghamdi, Mashael Hassn Alhebshi, Ramesh Venkatesan.

ABSTRACT

Background: The use of social media is exceptionally common these days. Clinical dental care has been through incredible impacts of social media in terms of data storage and provision of patientsí data. Thereby, this study aimed to assess the use of social media as a source of information related to dentistry in Saudi Arabia and its relationship with socio-demographic factors. Methodology: This study was a community-based descriptive cross-sectional study conducted in different regions of Saudi Arabia in the year 2020. A total of 450 participants were recruited from the general population. Data were collected using an online self-administered questionnaire via Google Forms. Results: Most of the participants (60.2%) were female. About 52.4% of the population preferred WhatsApp over other social media platforms. Around 57.3% of the participants encountered dental education or videos in social media. Furthermore, 49.1% of the participants preferred YouTube for searching or asking about dental problems, whereas 46% of the participants did not know about teledentistry. Social media was effective for the improvement of dental services; this was agreed by 59% of the participants. However, lack of trust (45.5%) and lack of confidentiality (26.4%) were the most important barriers for usage of social media for dental care. Occupation was also significantly associated with the use of social media as source of information as represented by groups of employees, and students were more inclined to use social media as a source of dental information (p-value = 0.00). Conclusion: Dental education and practice through social media is effective and easily accessible but requires more efforts to be noted and implemented correctly.

Keywords:
Social media, source, information, dentistry.


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Assessing the use of social media as a source of information related to dentistry in Saudi Arabia


Authors
Philomine Princy
Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Dentistry, Department of Restorative dentistry, Alfarabi College Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Rawan Yahya Shareif
Dental intern, Alfarabi College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Lama Majed Alharbi
Dental intern, Alfarabi College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Fatima Esmail Alghamdi
Dental intern, Alfarabi College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Mashael Hassn Alhebshi
Dental intern, Alfarabi College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Ramesh Venkatesan
Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Dentistry, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Alfarabi College Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
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Correspondence to:
. Rawan Yahya Shareif, Dental Intern, Alfarabi College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.; ranyehya@gmail.com

Publication history
Received 06 Feb 2021
Accepted 11 Feb 2021
Published online 19 Feb 2021
Published in print 04 Mar 2021

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Princy P, Shareif RY, Alharbi LM, Alghamdi FE, Alhebshi MH, Venkatesan R. Assessing the use of social media as a source of information related to dentistry in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2021; 5(3): 923-928. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1612641726


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Princy P, Shareif RY, Alharbi LM, Alghamdi FE, Alhebshi MH, Venkatesan R. Assessing the use of social media as a source of information related to dentistry in Saudi Arabia. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=53154 [Access: April 22, 2021]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1612641726


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Princy P, Shareif RY, Alharbi LM, Alghamdi FE, Alhebshi MH, Venkatesan R. Assessing the use of social media as a source of information related to dentistry in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2021; 5(3): 923-928. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1612641726


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Princy P, Shareif RY, Alharbi LM, Alghamdi FE, Alhebshi MH, Venkatesan R. Assessing the use of social media as a source of information related to dentistry in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2021), [cited April 22, 2021]; 5(3): 923-928. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1612641726


Harvard Style

Princy, P., Shareif, . R. Y., Alharbi, . L. M., Alghamdi, . F. E., Alhebshi, . M. H. & Venkatesan, . R. (2021) Assessing the use of social media as a source of information related to dentistry in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 5 (3), 923-928. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1612641726


Turabian Style

Princy, Philomine, Rawan Yahya Shareif, Lama Majed Alharbi, Fatima Esmail Alghamdi, Mashael Hassn Alhebshi, and Ramesh Venkatesan. 2021. Assessing the use of social media as a source of information related to dentistry in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (3), 923-928. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1612641726


Chicago Style

Princy, Philomine, Rawan Yahya Shareif, Lama Majed Alharbi, Fatima Esmail Alghamdi, Mashael Hassn Alhebshi, and Ramesh Venkatesan. "Assessing the use of social media as a source of information related to dentistry in Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5 (2021), 923-928. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1612641726


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Princy, Philomine, Rawan Yahya Shareif, Lama Majed Alharbi, Fatima Esmail Alghamdi, Mashael Hassn Alhebshi, and Ramesh Venkatesan. "Assessing the use of social media as a source of information related to dentistry in Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5.3 (2021), 923-928. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1612641726


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Princy, P., Shareif, . R. Y., Alharbi, . L. M., Alghamdi, . F. E., Alhebshi, . M. H. & Venkatesan, . R. (2021) Assessing the use of social media as a source of information related to dentistry in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (3), 923-928. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1612641726


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