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|Title:||Oral health beliefs and practices among Greek and Italian older Australians: A focus group approach||Contributor(s):||Marino, Rodrigo (author); Minichiello, Victor (author); Wright, Clive (author); Schofield, Margot Jocelyn (author)||Publication Date:||2002||DOI:||10.1111/j.1741-6612.2002.tb00446.x||Handle Link:||https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/10733||Abstract:||Introduction: The oral health of older Australians is a major public health challenge in the twenty-first century. However, little is known about the oral health status and needs of older migrants. Aims: This paper uses a qualitative methodology to obtain a better understanding of the oral health meanings and experiences of Greek and Italian older migrants. Methods: Seventeen focus group discussions were conducted, made up of 172 participants, recruited from eight Italian and nine Greek elderly clubs in Melbourne. Results: Participants were aware of the major oral diseases and treatments available. The data suggests that, although they knew of the need for periodic dental check-ups, there were barrier, which interfered with seeking check-ups. Participants also held a number of false beliefs, and strong negative attitudes towards dentistry. Conclusion: If programs are to increase the use of oral health services, specific barriers, myths, false beliefs and negative attitudes must be addressed.||Publication Type:||Journal Article||Source of Publication:||Australasian Journal on Ageing, 21(4), p. 193-198||Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia||Place of Publication:||Melbourne, Australia||ISSN:||1440-6381
|Field of Research (FOR):||110599 Dentistry not elsewhere classified||Peer Reviewed:||Yes||HERDC Category Description:||C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal||Statistics to Oct 2018:||Visitors: 127
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