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New Tool to Identify Caregivers’ Topical Fluoride Hesitancy is Developed by Chi and Colleagues

Posted: 1/25/2024 (CSDE Research)

CSDE Affiliate Dr. Donald Chi (Health Systems and Population Health, Oral Health Sciences) co-authored research in Plos One, titled “Psychometric properties of the Fluoride Hesitancy Identification Tool (FHIT)“. Some caregivers are hesitant about topical fluoride for their children despite evidence that fluoride prevents caries and is safe. Recent work described a five domain model of caregivers’ topical fluoride hesitancy. Authors developed the Fluoride Hesitancy Identification Tool (FHIT) item pool based on the model. This study sought to evaluate the FHIT’s psychometric properties in an effort to generate a short, simple to score, reliable, and valid tool that measures caregivers’ topical fluoride hesitancy.

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