Mndzebele, Samuel (2010): Towards an oral healthcare framework and policy analysis for Swaziland.
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Background and Rationale: A synopsis by the researcher suggested that caries was becoming a public health problem among the youth, hence there was a need for deeper investigations which would lead to possible oral health interventions.
Purpose: The purpose of the study was to assess dental care practices and experiences among teenagers in the Northern region of Swaziland. Based on the outcomes and views from health professionals; develop a framework for oral healthcare delivery and policy analysis.
Design: The study engaged a randomized-survey design. The subjects filled a total of 562 questionnaires, of which 508 were selected for data-analysis. Their ages ranged between 12-20years.
Essential Results: Regression-analysis results indicated that, taking soft-drinks increased the odds of having caries by 3.33 times compared with sugar-free drinks. What was strange among this group was that knowing causes of caries doubled the odds (eB=1.918) compared to lack of knowledge. Living within 10kms radius from the dental-clinic significantly reduced the odds of being found with caries by a factor of 0.719 compared to living >10km away.
Conclusion: All the signs of the corresponding regression-coefficients seemed to be in the right direction except for “knowledge on how tooth-decay occurs” amongst this group. Based on these findings regarding caries experiences and practices amongst the youth, a framework for oral health care and policy analysis for Swaziland was developed.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Towards an oral healthcare framework and policy analysis for Swaziland|
|Keywords:||dental caries; oral health framework; policy analysis|
|Subjects:||I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I18 - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health|
|Depositing User:||sam mndzebele|
|Date Deposited:||04. Aug 2011 13:33|
|Last Modified:||25. Feb 2013 14:46|
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