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Fluoride-related Beliefs and Refusal Behaviors of Child Caregivers are Studied by Hill and Chi

Posted: 11/26/2023 (CSDE Research)

CSDE Trainee Courtney Hill (Epidemiology), CSDE Affiliate Dr. Donald Chi (Health Systems and Population Health, Oral Health Sciences), and co-authors published their research in the Maternal and Child Health Journal, titled “A Mixed-Methods Study on Topical Fluoride Beliefs and Refusal Behaviors for Caregivers of Children with Special Health Care Needs”, where they aimed to understand topical fluoride-related beliefs and refusal behaviors for caregivers of children with special health care needs (CSHCN). They used an explanatory sequential mixed methods study, including a survey and interviews with children’s caregivers. While caregivers of CSHCN were not more likely to refuse topical fluoride than caregivers of healthy children, there may be important differences in the underlying reasons for refusing topical fluoride.

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