Factors behind change in knowledge after a mass media campaign targeting periodontitis

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Factors behind change in knowledge after a mass media campaign targeting periodontitis
Author(s) Mårtensson, Carina ; Söderfeldt, Björn ; Andersson, Pia ; Halling, Arne ; Renvert, Srefan
Date 2006
English abstract
The aim of this study was to investigate changes in knowledge before and after a mass media campaign, in relation to social attributes, care system attributes and oral health aspects. The study was based on a questionnaire in a cohort design, sent out to 900 randomly sampled people aged 50–75 in Sweden. The response rate to the questionnaire before and after the campaign was 70% and 65% respectively. Sixty-four percent answered both questionnaires. Two questions addressed knowledge, while 10 questions aimed to measure social attributes, care system attributes and oral health aspects. Data were analysed for bivariate relations as to change in knowledge and social attributes, care system attributes and oral health aspects. Data were also analysed in multiple regression analysis with knowledge before, knowledge after and knowledge differences as dependent variables. The results showed that there were a number of independent variables with influence on the dependent variables. Of the social attributes, secondary education gave almost 10% (P< 0.001) better knowledge both before and after the campaign. Among care system attributes, high care utilization was related to knowledge both before and after the campaign. The most important factors for knowledge about periodontitis were education, care utilization and perceived importance of oral health. In conclusion, this study demonstrates that mass media might increase knowledge about periodontitis as a health promotion strategy.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1601-5037.2006.00158.x (link to publisher's fulltext)
Host/Issue International Journal of Dental Hygiene;1
Volume 4
ISSN 1601-5029
Pages 8-14
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Medicine
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY::Periodontology
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/3509 (link to this page)

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