Diabetes Educators' Knowledge, Behaviors and Opinions Regarding Periodontal Disease and Diabetes Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Lopes, Mary H.
    • Affiliation: School of Dentistry, Department of Dental Ecology
  • The purpose of this study was to determine certified diabetes educators' (CDE) knowledge, behaviors and opinions about periodontal disease (PD) and diabetes. A questionnaire was distributed to CDEs who attended the 2009 American Association of Diabetes' Educators meeting and who provide counseling and education services to patients with diabetes. A total of 311 CDEs participated in the survey; only responses from nurses and registered dietitians were included in the final analysis (N=284). Descriptive statistics and bivariate analysis were utilized. Nurses had a higher proportion of correct answers compared to registered dietitians for questions regarding knowledge of PD. Most (62%) agreed that CDEs need to collaborate with dental professionals in disease management and 84% indicated interest in an oral health component being added to their continuing education. The findings suggest that collaboration with the dental profession would be a positive outcome for CDEs, as would oral health topics being added to their continuing education courses.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Education in the Department of Dental Ecology, School of Dentistry."
  • Wilder, Rebecca S.
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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