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Int J Paediatr Dent. 2019 Jan 8. doi: 10.1111/ipd.12462. [Epub ahead of print]

Ethnic and language influence on parents' perception of paediatric behaviour management techniques.

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1
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry, Houston, Texas.
2
The Centro de Estudios para la Salud (CES) University in Medellín, Medellin, Colombia.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Parental preference for various behaviour management techniques (BMTs) used in paediatric dentistry has been shown to be influenced by many factors, including ethnicity.

AIM:

To measure parental acceptability of BMTs used in paediatric dentistry and how it is influenced by ethnicity and language.

DESIGN:

Parents of patients presenting to a paediatric dentistry residency clinic in Houston, Texas, USA or Medellín, Colombia watched ten video BMT vignettes and rated their acceptance on a visual analog scale (VAS). Participants were categorized into six groups based on language, ethnicity, and country of residence.

RESULTS:

Parental acceptance of BMTs was affected by language, ethnicity, and country of residence (P = 2.2 × 10-16 ). Ethnic groups in the USA had a mean overall acceptance rate of all BMTs. Colombians rated all BMTs less acceptable than the US cohorts (P < 0.05), with the exception of voice control, which Colombians rate less acceptable than English-speaking Caucasians and Spanish-speaking Hispanics in the USA (P < 0.05). The Colombian population were not accepting of conscious sedation, nitrous oxide, general anaesthesia, and protective stabilization.

CONCLUSIONS:

Parents from different ethnic groups express different preferences in BMTs. Parents continue to prefer noninvasive techniques over pharmacologic and advanced techniques, with the exception of voice control.

KEYWORDS:

behaviour management techniques; ethnic; language; parental preference

PMID:
30618210
DOI:
10.1111/ipd.12462

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