The first dental visit: knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of North Carolina dentists regarding physician referral guidelines Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Long, C. Marshall
    • Affiliation: School of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry
  • The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to (1) assess the knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of North Carolina (NC) dentists regarding infant and toddler dental referral guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and (2) to determine factors among this population that influence embracement of these guidelines. One thousand general dentists in NC were randomly selected to participate. The primary outcome variable was acceptance of children referred for the age one dental visit, therefore allowing physicians to comply with referral guidelines. Significant predictors of referral acceptance included correct knowledge about the guideline (OR = 2.0, 95%CI 1.2-3.3), increased confidence in providing preventive care to infants and toddlers (OR = 2.6, 95%CI 1.3 - 4.9), and agreement that parents see importance in dental referrals (OR = 2.1, 95%CI 1.2-3.6). This study identifies factors that influence acceptance of physician referrals for the age one dental visit among NC dentists, that can lead to development of interventions to maximize availability of a dental home for young children.
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  • ... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters of Science in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry (School of Dentistry).
  • Quinonez, Rocio B.

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