Community Dental Health

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September 2012
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0265 539X
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Editorial - Population based health and care: what does the new dental professional need to know? no access 194 194 10.1922/CDH_293Chestnutt01
Dental Public Health in Action - The use of dental therapists as examiners in dental epidemiological surveys no access 195 197 10.1922/CDH_3022Drugan04
A service evaluation of patient pathways and care experiences of dentally anxious adult patients no access 198 202 10.1922/CDH_2761Porritt05
Assessment and validation of the oral impact on daily performance (OIDP) instrument among adults in Karnataka, South India no access 203 208 10.1922/CDH_2725Purohit06
The dental health of 5 year-old children living in Damascus, Syria no access 209 213 10.1922/CDH_2766Dashash05
Oral impacts and their association with tooth loss in Sri Lankan adults no access 214 218 10.1922/CDH_2812Ekanayake05
Oral Health Related Quality of Life among Older Adults in Central China no access 219 223 10.1922/CDH_2783Du05
High levels of periodontal disease among the older adult population in San Juan, Puerto Rico no access 224 228 10.1922/CDH_2746Joshipura05
Caries in five different socio-economic clusters in Örebro county no access 229 232 10.1922/CDH_2839Ekbäck04
Root caries in 35-44 and 65-74 year-olds in Turkey no access 233 238 10.1922/CDH_2733Gökalp06
Dental anxiety levels in British servicemen and women no access 239 242 10.1922/CDH_2599Grimshaw04
Sexual correlates of gagging and dental anxiety no access 243 247 10.1922/CDH_2808Uziel05
Oral hygiene education in adolescence based on the Precaution Adoption Process Model no access 248 251 10.1922/CDH_2749Aleksejūnienė04
Professional careers of graduates from one UK dental school no access 252 256 10.1922/CDH_2889Tomson05
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A service evaluation of patient pathways and care experiences of dentally anxious adult patients

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  • J. Porritt
  • S.R. Baker
  • Z. Marshman


Objective: To investigate the current patient pathways used by dentally anxious adults in Sheffield and identify how the patient experience could be improved. Design: Questionnaires gathered stakeholder perceptions of referral pathways and services for dentally anxious adult patients. Completed questionnaires were returned by 113 dentally anxious patients who had engaged with specialised dental services and 111 general dental practitioners (GDPs) (28% and 52% response rates). Results: The recommendations for improving dental care experience of the anxious were: increased guidance and information to GDPs regarding available care pathways; improved availability of psychological services; and more opportunities and choice for patients in the long term management of dental anxiety. Conclusions: The findings from the service evaluation suggest ways in which dental services could be developed to improve the care experiences of dentally anxious adult patients.

Key words: Service evaluation, dental anxiety, anxiety management, patient experiences

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