Recognition of Specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Among Health Care Professionals in Benghazi-Libya(Pages: 1-8)

Maraai Orafi*, Ghada Majbri and Yasr Howayw

Department of oral and maxillofacial surgery, University of Benghazi, Benghazi, Libya.


Objective: Our work was to assess the recognition of oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMF) specialty among dental and medical professionals in Benghazi-Libya, and the effect of working place on this awareness. 

Materials and methods: In the study design we used Questionnaire consisting of four questions. In the first question the responders were asked whether they had heard of the specialties of ear, nose and throat surgery (ENT), oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMF), plastic surgery, general surgery (GS), and ophthalmology. In the second question, the participants were asked to indicate from a list of 32 clinical situations, the surgeon they would expect to treat them. In the third question the participants were asked whether they consider the oral and maxillofacial surgery, dental, medical specialty or both. Finally the participants were asked which is most informative name? expressing the scope of the maxillofacial surgery in their opinion. 200 responders, 118 male and 82 female with age range from 24-62 years from different specialties were our study group. The group comprises 100 dental specialists and 100 medical specialists.

Results: All the specialists have heard of the plastic surgeon , ear, nose and throat surgeon and ophthalmologist. Only one dental and 63% of medical specialists have heard of general surgeon. All dental(100%) and 36% of medical specialists have heard of oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

Conclusion: Awareness of specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery among dental specialist seems to be better than that among their medical colleagues.


 Perception, Awareness, Oral, Maxillofacial, Surgery, Specialty.