Caregivers' Perceptions About Discussing Their Children's Weight in The Dental Setting Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Swinney, Felicia V.
    • Affiliation: School of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry
  • BACKGROUND: Childhood obesity poses myriad health problems. A major gap exists in understanding caregivers' perceptions on the role of the dental team in providing weight-related counseling; our aim was to obtain in-depth information regarding caregivers' perceptions about the role of the dental team. METHODS: A qualitative investigation was completed using semi-structured, 45-minute interviews of English-speaking caregivers of children ages 2-6 under routine care in a dental school-based clinic. Interviews were transcribed, coded, and analyzed using ATLAS/ti data analysis software. RESULTS: Caregivers expressed their perceptions of weight-related counseling with the dental team. Caregivers were: 1) highly receptive to the team's provision of caries-related nutrition counseling and 2) generally receptive to healthy-weight counseling, while emphasizing rapport and compassion was essential. CONCLUSIONS: These findings provide an in-depth understanding of caregivers' perceptions regarding the dental team's approach. Caregivers emphasized a compassionate, family-centered approach is essential to providing weight-related counseling in a dental setting.
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  • Vann, William
  • Master of Science
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2014

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