Factors affecting North Carolina dental hygienists' confidence in providing obesity education and counseling Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Kading, Cherri L.
    • Affiliation: School of Dentistry, Division of Allied Dental Education, Dental Hygiene Master's Program
  • The purpose of this study was to investigate whether dental hygienists in North Carolina are confident to counsel patients who are obese or at-risk for obesity. A questionnaire was used to survey 246 dental hygienists attending a continuing education course. It investigated self-reported confidence in providing obesity counseling, educational preparation, outcome expectations, and self-efficacy. The primary outcome was confidence in providing weight loss counseling. Mantel Haensel statistics were used to compare group of interest. Of the dental hygienists surveyed, 95% felt that they have a role in helping patients improve nutrition. Over half (65%) expressed confidence in discussing obesity-related health risks. On average, the confidence in getting patients to follow weight loss advice was significantly different (p=.02) for those with a 2 year and those with a 4+ year degree. The findings indicate that many North Carolina dental hygienists are willing to discuss obesity with patients.
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