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ERIC Number: EJ949899
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0017-8969
Taking the Pain out of Waiting: The Oral Health Counselling Experiences of Parents of Children with Extensive Dental Caries
Cashmore, Aaron W.; Noller, Jennifer; Johnson, Bronwyn; Ritchie, Jan; Blinkhorn, Anthony S.
Health Education Journal, v70 n4 p407-419 Dec 2011
Objective: The Tooth Smart Programme is a hospital-based parent-counselling programme established to stabilize existing carious lesions and prevent new caries in children. The purpose of this qualitative study was to: explore participating parents' experiences of and views about parent counselling; identify and describe factors that influence the uptake of oral health advice; and uncover any unanticipated outcomes of parent counselling. Methods: A purposively selected group of parents were invited to participate in, face-to-face, semi-structured interviews. Interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed. Transcripts were analyzed by qualitative thematic analysis. Results: Participants liked the programme sessions occurring in a hospital dental clinic. This approach was valued because it allowed a dental assessment to accompany the preventive advice. Most felt that they had been successful in increasing the frequency and quality of their child's tooth-brushing. Some reported that increased brushing reduced their child's dental pain. Conversely, most had found it hard to control their child's snacking on sugary foods and drinks. Conclusion: Future development of programmes should consider participants' expressed need for parent counselling to be provided in patient-centred sessions. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia