Nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified nurse midwives' knowledge and behaviors regarding periodontal disease and its impact on adverse pregnancy outcomes Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Thomas, Katherine Marks
    • Affiliation: School of Dentistry, Division of Allied Dental Education, Dental Hygiene Master's Program
  • The purpose of this study was to assess nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and certified nurse midwives' knowledge, behaviors and opinions regarding periodontal disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes. A 45-item survey was developed, IRB approved, pretested, and mailed to 504 North Carolina licensed nurse practitioners (NP), physician assistants (PA) and certified nurse midwives (CNM) who provide prenatal care. A total of 240 NPs, PAs and CNMs responded, achieving a response rate of 48%. Only 43% reported being trained to provide an oral exam. Many reported (62%) that their program did not address dental health in the curriculum. The majority (55%) felt their educational program was poor or very poor in education about oral health. NPs, PAs and CNMs who frequently examine women could serve an important role in screening for oral health problems and referrals. Increased education in academic programs and continuing education could prepare these professionals for collaborative care with oral healthcare professionals.
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  • Wilder, Rebecca S.
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