Table 1.

Frequencies (percentages) and average answers concerning dental education about special needs patients

ItemsAnswer CategoriesMean Values***
* = frequencies of responses
** = percentage of respondents
*** = average answers of the responses provided on the answer scale ranging from 1 = “not at all well” to 5 = “very well”
How well did your undergraduate dental education prepare you for:1 not at all well2 not well34 well5 very well
• managing patients with special needs52* (25.9%)**68 (33.8%)52 (25.9%)21 (10.4%)8 (1.8%)2.33
• managing patients with mental retardation53 (26.4%)76 (37.8%)48 (23.9%)17 (8.5%)7 (1.6%)2.25
1 disagree strongly2 disagree34 agree5 agree strongly
Dental school prepared me well for treating special needs patients.59 (28.6%)68 (33%)56 (27.2%)15 (7.3%)8 (3.9%)2.25