Do dentists use validated child dental anxiety measures in clinical practice?: a mixed methods study

Buchanan, Heather and Alshammasi, H. and Ashley, P. (2015) Do dentists use validated child dental anxiety measures in clinical practice?: a mixed methods study. European Health Psychologist : Bulletin of the European Health Psychology Society, 17 (Suppl.). 939/1-939/18. ISSN 2225-6962

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Abstract

Background: Assessing anxiety is an important part of the assessment of a child presenting for dental treatment. Health psychologists have been key in developing and validating child dental anxiety measures yet there is little information concerning their implementation and use by paediatric dentists. The aims of our study were to establish the extent to which anxiety measures are used in clinical practice, and to explore the experience and views of dentists regarding anxiety assessment. Methods: We audited the use of formal anxiety assessment across child patient notes in a UK dental hospital. We also interviewed fourteen paediatric dentists on how they identify anxious patients. Findings: Our audit highlighted only five patients were assessed using validated anxiety questionnaires. Thematic analysis of the dentist interviews revealed three themes: Using clinical experience to identify anxiety; Time as a barrier to using anxiety measures; Lack of knowledge/experience of anxiety measures. Discussion: There is a role for health psychologists to highlight the importance of validated child dental anxiety measures, in order to identify highly anxious patients and to help monitor the effectiveness of treatment interventions.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Anxiety Scales, ACDAS, Facial Image Scale, Child Anxiety
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
Depositing User: Dziunka, Patricia
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2017 10:51
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2017 21:17
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/41769

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