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Dental beliefs, patients' specific attitudes towards dentists and dental hygienists: a comparative study.
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Oral health. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Natural Science and Biomedicine.
2008 (English)In: International Journal of Dental Hygiene, ISSN 1601-5029, Vol. 6, no 3, 205-213 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Interpersonal relationships are important for communication, oral health education and patients' satisfaction with dental care. To assess patients' attitudes towards dental caregivers, a Swedish version of the revised Dental Belief Survey (DBS-R) and a comparable and partly new instrument the Dental Hygienist Belief Survey (DHBS) have been evaluated. The aim of the present study was to investigate if patients' attitudes towards dental hygienists (DH) and dentists (D) differ with regard to the separate items in DBS-R and DHBS. The study was a comparative cross-sectional study with 364 patients (students, general patients and patients with periodontal disease). All patients completed the DBS-R and DHBS surveys. The overall pattern in the results showed that participants in general had a less negative attitude towards DH when compared with that towards D. This was most pronounced among students and least pronounced among patients with periodontal disease. No statistically significant difference could be found in items with regard to feelings of shame and guilt in dental care situations, indicating that these items were rated on a more negative level also for DH. The conclusion is that participants had a less negative attitude towards DH with the exception of situations which may give rise to feelings of shame and guilt, an important finding for future dental hygiene care.

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2008. Vol. 6, no 3, 205-213 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-6977DOI: 10.1111/j.1601-5037.2008.00300.xPubMedID: 18768025OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-6977DiVA: diva2:128353
Available from: 2008-12-16 Created: 2008-12-10 Last updated: 2009-04-23Bibliographically approved

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