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dc.contributor.authorArmfield, J.-
dc.contributor.authorSlade, G.-
dc.contributor.authorSpencer, A.-
dc.date.issued2009-
dc.identifier.citationSocial Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology: the international journal for research in social and genetic epidemiology and mental health services, 2009; 44(6):495-500-
dc.identifier.issn0933-7954-
dc.identifier.issn1433-9285-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2440/53392-
dc.description.abstractBackground/: Dental phobia is associated with poorer dental attendance so epidemiological surveys requiring participants to undertake a dental examination may result in an under-representation of participants with high dental fear. Method: We compared the dental fear distribution of participants and non-participants in an oral examination component of a national epidemiological survey of oral health. Of 12,606 in-scope dentate people aged 15+ who completed a structured computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI) survey, 5,505 (43.7%) participated in the oral examination. Dental fear was assessed with a single-item measure in the CATI. Results There was a significant difference between the percentages of participants and non-participants who rated themselves as “extremely” afraid, although the absolute difference (1.9%) was small. The association between extreme dental fear and participation was significant (OR = 0.66, 95% CI = 0.56–0.77) in multivariate analyses after controlling for possible confounders. Females with extreme dental fear were also significantly less likely to undertake an oral examination. Conclusion: Even though people with dental fear and phobia may delay or avoid dental visits, they do not appear to be appreciably under-represented in oral epidemiological surveys.-
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityJason M. Armfield, Gary D. Slade and A. John Spencer-
dc.language.isoen-
dc.publisherDr Dietrich Steinkopff Verlag-
dc.rights© Springer-
dc.subjectdental fear-
dc.subjectphobia-
dc.subjectbias-
dc.subjectparticipation-
dc.subjectepidemiology-
dc.titleAre people with dental fear under-represented in oral epidemiological surveys?-
dc.typeJournal article-
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s00127-008-0454-6-
pubs.publication-statusPublished-
dc.identifier.orcidSpencer, A. [0000-0002-3462-7456]-
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