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Dietary sugar oral health advice: A Delphi Study. What are the main messages that we should include in teaching for the dental team?

Shah, Sagar, Morgan, Maria and Johnson, Ilona 2017. Dietary sugar oral health advice: A Delphi Study. What are the main messages that we should include in teaching for the dental team? Presented at: Learning Together to Improve Oral Health and Quality Of Life, Vilneus, Lithuania, 23-26 August 2017. p. 43.

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Background: Caries preventive advice to patients about dietary sugar is core skill for dental professionals. Dietary sugar advice is also important for wider non-communicable disease prevention (e.g. cardiovascular disease). Guidelines for sugar advice vary between professions, which may lead to confusing and contradictory messages. Aims & Objectives: The aim of this work was to develop an inter-professional consensus view of dietary sugar advice to be given by the dental team. Materials & Methods: Method: An e-Delphi was used. Following ethical approval, an expert panel (n=31) of participants (dental health professionals, doctors, nutritionists, dietitians, government representatives and public health specialists) were invited via email to participate in the study. Round 1: Participants were asked to identify 10 key sugar messages that dental professionals should provide to patients; an item list was compiled. Round 2: Participants were asked to rate all items on a 5 point Likert scale of important to not important. Round 3, participants were sent their own rating scores and the all-participant average for each item and were then asked to re-score each item. Data were then analysed with Spearman Rho rank correlation to identify the levels of agreement for important and non-important messages. Results: Results: Of the 31 people invited to participate, 12 completed the Delphi process. A total of 95 sugar message items were generated, these were condensed into 13 key statements. Good agreement was seen Rs=.897 p<.05 and eleven key sugar messages were subsequently identified. These included advising that sugars caused tooth decay, advising that sugars increased the risk of weight gain, and the amount and frequency of sugar should be reduced. Conclusions: Conclusion: This research identified 11 core preventive messages relating to dietary sugar. These messages should be included in training for all dental professionals to ensure that dentists and other healthcare professionals can work together and provide consistent advice and care for patients.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Dentistry
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2021 02:16

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