The experiences and viewpoints of parents on seeking dental or oral health information online was studied through questionnaires collected from 523 parents attending an appointment in eight pediatric dental offices in the Dallas County between April and June, 2010. This study revealed that the majority (63%) of parents searched the Internet for dental or oral health information, while higher education and non-Medicaid dental coverage was associated with increased search of the Internet for such information (p <.001). It was also found that Hispanics were less likely to search the Internet for oral health information than Blacks (58.5% vs. 72.0%, p = .037). These findings suggest that pediatric dentists should prepare for relevant discussions with parents, especially those who are minority, less educated or with Medicaid payer source, and guide them with useful and reliable online resources so that the potential of the Internet as an educational resource can be fully utilized.
|Commitee:||Lacy, Ernestine, Schneidermann, Emet, Seale, N.Sue|
|School:||The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center|
|Department:||Health Professions Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Texas|
|Source:||MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Communication, Dentistry, Sociology|
|Keywords:||AAPD, Communication, Internet, Patients, Pediatric dentistry, SEO|
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