Summary of: A. G. Morgan, A. K. Madahar, C. Deery: Acceptability of fissure sealants from the child's perspective. British Dental Journal 217 E2( 2014)

Dafydd Evans

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    Abstract

    Aim To seek children's opinions about the acceptability of resin fissure sealant placement.

    Study design Service evaluation using a child-centred questionnaire issued to a prospective sample of consecutive hospital patients.

    Method Questionnaires were issued to children, aged 3 to 16 years, immediately after resin fissure sealant placement in the Paediatric Dentistry Department in Sheffield. Participants used a three-point faces scale for positive, neutral and negative responses, arranged as a Likert scale with minimal text, to rate their treatment experiences and satisfaction with the dental visit.

    Results Two hundred questionnaires were returned. Overall, 96% (n = 191) recorded a positive or neutral response for the ease at which they coped with the procedure, with most children positive about having fissure sealants placed again (66%; n = 132). Further analysis demonstrated that children who had fissure sealants on a previous occasion found them easier than those having them for the first time (p <0.05, chi-squared test). Almost half of all participants where ambivalent about the taste and feeling (46%; n = 92 and 55%; n = 110 respectively). The vast majority of children were satisfied with the explanations provided by their operator.

    Conclusion Most participants found having resin fissure sealants placed an overall acceptable procedure, with patient acceptance improving with increased treatment experience.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)34-35
    Number of pages2
    JournalBritish Dental Journal
    Volume217
    Issue number1
    Early online date11 Jul 2014
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014

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