Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The use of the internet to access oral health-related information by parents of pediatric dental patients
by Awagu, Sylvester Chinweuba, M.S., The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, 2011, 76; 1502658
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McCann, Ann
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
Publication Number: 1502658
ISBN: 978-1-267-05843-0
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