An analysis of the attitudes of dental patients attending general dental practice in Galway

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/301647
Title:
An analysis of the attitudes of dental patients attending general dental practice in Galway
Authors:
Hayes, Martina; Burke, Francis; McKenna, Gerald; Madden, Jamie; Cronin, Michael
Publisher:
Journal of the Irish Dental Association
Journal:
Journal of the Irish Dental Association
Issue Date:
Aug-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/301647
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
Aim: To describe the patterns of dental attendance and attitudes towards tooth loss of general dental practice patients in Galway. Objectives: 1. To determine the pattern of adult dental attendance in general practices in Galway; and, 2. To examine the oral health attitudes of these patients. Method: Questionnaires were distributed to 311 consecutive adult patients in the waiting rooms of ten general dental practices in Galway, which were randomly selected from the telephone directory. Results: A total of 254 of the 311 questionnaires distributed were fully completed, returned and included in the results, giving a response rate of 81.7%. A total of 59% of dentate participants attended their dentist for annual or biannual examinations compared to 23% of edentate patients. Some 10.5% of medical card holders and 0.5% of non-medical card holders were edentulous. Conclusions: The data from the survey indicated that medical card holders in Galway were more likely to be edentulous than nonmedical card holders. Edentate patients were less likely to be regular dental attenders than dentate patients.
Keywords:
DENTAL HEALTH CARE; PATIENT PARTICIPATION

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorHayes, Martinaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorBurke, Francisen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMcKenna, Geralden_GB
dc.contributor.authorMadden, Jamieen_GB
dc.contributor.authorCronin, Michaelen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-09-16T15:18:07Z-
dc.date.available2013-09-16T15:18:07Z-
dc.date.issued2013-08-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/301647-
dc.descriptionAim: To describe the patterns of dental attendance and attitudes towards tooth loss of general dental practice patients in Galway. Objectives: 1. To determine the pattern of adult dental attendance in general practices in Galway; and, 2. To examine the oral health attitudes of these patients. Method: Questionnaires were distributed to 311 consecutive adult patients in the waiting rooms of ten general dental practices in Galway, which were randomly selected from the telephone directory. Results: A total of 254 of the 311 questionnaires distributed were fully completed, returned and included in the results, giving a response rate of 81.7%. A total of 59% of dentate participants attended their dentist for annual or biannual examinations compared to 23% of edentate patients. Some 10.5% of medical card holders and 0.5% of non-medical card holders were edentulous. Conclusions: The data from the survey indicated that medical card holders in Galway were more likely to be edentulous than nonmedical card holders. Edentate patients were less likely to be regular dental attenders than dentate patients.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherJournal of the Irish Dental Associationen_GB
dc.subjectDENTAL HEALTH CAREen_GB
dc.subjectPATIENT PARTICIPATIONen_GB
dc.titleAn analysis of the attitudes of dental patients attending general dental practice in Galwayen_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of the Irish Dental Associationen_GB
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