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Medical screening in dental settings: A qualitative study of the views of authorities and organizations Health Services Research
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences.
Karolinska Institutet.
Karolinska Institutet.
Karolinska Institutet.
2015 (English)In: BMC Research Notes, ISSN 1756-0500, E-ISSN 1756-0500, Vol. 8, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Background: The practice of identifying individuals with undiagnosed diabetes mellitus type II or undiagnosed hypertension by medical screening in dental settings has been received positively by both patients and dentistry professionals. This identification has also shown to be cost-effective by achieving savings and health benefits, but no investigation has been made of the attitudes of authorities and organizations. The aim of this study was to describe the views of authorities and organizations. Results: Thirteen authorities and organizations were interviewed of the sample of 20 requested. Seven approached authorities and organizations did not believe it was relevant to participate in the study. The manifest analysis resulted in four categories: medical screening ought to be established in the society; dentistry must have relevant competence to perform medical screening; medical screening requires cooperation between dentistry and health care; and dentistry is not the only context where medical screening could be performed. The latent analysis resulted in an emerging theme: positive to, but uncertain about, the concept of medical screening in dental settings. The spokespersons for the approached authorities and organizations had a positive view of medical screening but the respondents experienced a lack of facts concerning the scientific communities’ position, guidelines and procedures in the topic. Conclusions and implications: Approached authorities and organizations generally had a positive view of medical screening in dental settings but were uncertain about the concept. Further scientific knowledge and guidelines concerning the topic are needed before it can be commonly introduced and additional research on implementation strategies and long-term follow-up of medical screening are needed.

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2015. Vol. 8, no 1
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Diabetes, Hypertension, Medical screening, Position of authorities and organizations
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Dental Hygiene
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-42343DOI: 10.1186/s13104-015-1543-8ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84945191787OAI: diva2:933896
Available from: 2016-06-07 Created: 2016-05-23 Last updated: 2016-06-07Bibliographically approved

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