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A survey to assess patient's oral health perceptions to help develop an educational program for children

Armbruster Jacas, Cristina (2019) A survey to assess patient's oral health perceptions to help develop an educational program for children. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Dental caries is one of the most prevalent diseases affecting children and adults worldwide. Caregivers have an important role in children’s oral health. For example, it has been found that parenting quality and socioeconomic status affect children’s Oral Health Related Quality of Life (OHRQoL). This leads to the public health importance of finding a “dental home” for children as early as possible. Dental homes allow for an ongoing positive relationship between the dentist, the patient, and their parents/caregivers. Additionally, studies have found that patients and their children are receptive to educational programs that teach the importance of children’s oral hygiene early on. The purpose of this project is to utilize downtime at medical and dental offices at Catholic Charities to survey patients on their dental knowledge, opinions, and experiences, as well as those of their children. The results of this survey will allow for the formation of a better survey and eventually an educational program specifically geared towards this population to help educate them about children’s oral health. This survey is being developed for this nonprofit organization because they only treat patients 18 years of age and older and represent a population of low-income adults with children within the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since this clinic does not treat children, it is the hopes that eventually an educational program formed in the future will partially fulfill the need of helping children’s oral health within this community in Pittsburgh. Eleven surveys were administered to patients at Catholic Charities while they were waiting in the dental chair for the dental provider. Patients were found to be knowledgeable regarding the oral health care of children and were receptive of initiating a dental oral health educational program at Catholic Charities. The patients gave feedback of which educational materials would help them best. Most of the feedback yielded suggestions such as in-person education, brochures, and electronic educational materials on a Facebook page.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Armbruster Jacas, Cristinacca19@pitt.educca19
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFinegold, Daviddnf@pitt.edudnfUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberRubin, Richardrrubin@pitt.edurrubinUNSPECIFIED
Date: 17 April 2019
Date Type: Submission
Number of Pages: 33
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Multidisciplinary MPH
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2019 21:55
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2019 21:55


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