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

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Slack-Smith, Linda
Lange, Andrea
Paley, Glenys
O'Grady, Martin
French, Davina
Short, Leonie
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Newton, J.P.

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2010
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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.

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Gerodontology

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27

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© 2009 Blackwell Publishing. This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Oral health and access to dental care: a qualitative investigation among older people in the community, Gerodontology Volume, Issue, 2009, 1-9, which has been published in final form at 10.1111/j.1741-2358.2009.00320.x.

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Dentistry

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