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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
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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
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