Background: The internet is a source of valuable medical information. However, when its employed as a diagnostic procedure, it has the potential to increase health anxiety among individuals who have no medical knowledge.
Objective: To assess the knowledge, attitude, and behaviour regarding cyberchondria among undergraduate and postgraduate dental students.
Methodology: A descriptive cross sectional study was conducted among undergraduate and postgraduate dental students of private dental institution during October-December 2020. Responses were collected from 137 subjects. The data obtained was coded and fed into SPSS version 25 for analysis.
Results: There were 24(17.5%) males and 113(82.5%) females among the study participants. The study included 83.2% undergraduates and 16.8% post graduates. The overall knowledge attitude and behaviour scores among males and females were found to be 31.30±10.27 and 29.91±13.7 which was found to be higher in males.
The overall knowledge, attitude and behaviour score among undergraduates and postgraduates were found to be 30.21±10.18 and 35.34±13.38 which was higher in post graduates and it was found to be statistically significant.
Conclusion: Excessive searching for health information online has the potential to spread threat and it may lead to an increase in health anxiety. We can overcome this problem by creating awareness regarding proper usage of web search engines.