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Article: Dental health knowledge and attitudes among the middle-aged and the elderly in Hong Kong.

TitleDental health knowledge and attitudes among the middle-aged and the elderly in Hong Kong.
Authors
Issue Date1994
PublisherBlackwell Munksgaard. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journals/COM
Citation
Community Dentistry And Oral Epidemiology, 1994, v. 22 n. 5 Pt 2, p. 358-363 How to Cite?
AbstractPrevious studies on adult Hong Kong Chinese have indicated that their level of knowledge of and attitudes toward dental health might be a potential barrier to effective oral preventive efforts. The knowledge and attitudes of elderly Chinese have not previously been studied. The objectives of this study were to describe Hong Kong adults' knowledge of the causes of the two main oral diseases, caries and periodontal disease, and possible preventive measures, and to analyse possible relationships between knowledge and attitudes and selected sociodemographic and utilization variables. Two populations aged 35-44 yr (n = 398) and 65-74 yr (n = 559) were selected for the study, which was conducted as structured interviews. A knowledge score was constructed from questions on caries and periodontal disease development and prevention. Attitudes were measured in the younger group by beliefs and evaluations of those beliefs according to the theory of reasoned action (the higher the score, the more positive the attitude). Knowledge scores were almost normally distributed in the younger respondents, but were heavily skewed toward 0 in the older group. In both age groups, increased level of education and regularity or recency of dental visits were strongly associated with dental knowledge. Women, regular dental care users, and prevention-oriented respondents had higher attitude scores. There was no correlation between knowledge and attitudes. Some improvement in knowledge seems to have taken place, especially on the cause of caries, with fewer 35-44-yr-old respondents claiming lack of knowledge of the causes of caries and gum disease than in a previous study.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/153896
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dc.contributor.authorSchwarz, Een_US
dc.contributor.authorLo, ECMen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-08T08:22:09Z-
dc.date.available2012-08-08T08:22:09Z-
dc.date.issued1994en_US
dc.identifier.citationCommunity Dentistry And Oral Epidemiology, 1994, v. 22 n. 5 Pt 2, p. 358-363en_US
dc.identifier.issn0301-5661en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/153896-
dc.description.abstractPrevious studies on adult Hong Kong Chinese have indicated that their level of knowledge of and attitudes toward dental health might be a potential barrier to effective oral preventive efforts. The knowledge and attitudes of elderly Chinese have not previously been studied. The objectives of this study were to describe Hong Kong adults' knowledge of the causes of the two main oral diseases, caries and periodontal disease, and possible preventive measures, and to analyse possible relationships between knowledge and attitudes and selected sociodemographic and utilization variables. Two populations aged 35-44 yr (n = 398) and 65-74 yr (n = 559) were selected for the study, which was conducted as structured interviews. A knowledge score was constructed from questions on caries and periodontal disease development and prevention. Attitudes were measured in the younger group by beliefs and evaluations of those beliefs according to the theory of reasoned action (the higher the score, the more positive the attitude). Knowledge scores were almost normally distributed in the younger respondents, but were heavily skewed toward 0 in the older group. In both age groups, increased level of education and regularity or recency of dental visits were strongly associated with dental knowledge. Women, regular dental care users, and prevention-oriented respondents had higher attitude scores. There was no correlation between knowledge and attitudes. Some improvement in knowledge seems to have taken place, especially on the cause of caries, with fewer 35-44-yr-old respondents claiming lack of knowledge of the causes of caries and gum disease than in a previous study.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherBlackwell Munksgaard. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journals/COMen_US
dc.relation.ispartofCommunity dentistry and oral epidemiologyen_US
dc.subject.meshAdulten_US
dc.subject.meshAgeden_US
dc.subject.meshAttitude To Health - Ethnologyen_US
dc.subject.meshChina - Ethnologyen_US
dc.subject.meshDental Health Surveysen_US
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_US
dc.subject.meshHealth Knowledge, Attitudes, Practiceen_US
dc.subject.meshHong Kong - Epidemiologyen_US
dc.subject.meshHumansen_US
dc.subject.meshMaleen_US
dc.subject.meshOral Healthen_US
dc.titleDental health knowledge and attitudes among the middle-aged and the elderly in Hong Kong.en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailLo, EC:hrdplcm@hkucc.hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1600-0528.1994.tb01593.x-
dc.identifier.pmid7835031-
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dc.identifier.volume22en_US
dc.identifier.issue5 Pt 2en_US
dc.identifier.spage358en_US
dc.identifier.epage363en_US
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dc.identifier.scopusauthoridSchwarz, E=7202730481en_US
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