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Oral health and access to dental care : a qualitative investigation among older people in the community

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by L Slack-Smith, A Lange, G Paley, M O'Grady, D French, Leonie Short
Objective: The aim of this study was to explore older persons’ beliefs and attitudes towards oral health and access to and use of dental care services. Background: As the proportion of dentate older people increases, the need and demand for dental services will rise (J Public Health Dent, 60, 2000, 276). Design: Focus groups and semi-structured interviews were used for data collection. Setting and subjects: The study participants included 63 older people in Perth, WA. Results: Five major themes emerged from the interviews – the need for information and knowledge; accessibility of services; cost and affordability of oral care; fear and anxiety regarding dental visits and relationships with dentists. Attitudes and behaviours were slow to change in this group. Conclusion: This investigation provided important perspectives regarding oral health and dental access for older people residing in the community and demonstrated the importance of understanding this group when considering provision and use of services.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

27

Start Page

104

End Page

113

Number of Pages

10

eISSN

1741-2358

ISSN

0734-0664

Location

United States

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Griffith University; Not affiliated to a Research Institute; University of Western Australia;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Gerodontology.

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