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School children's participation in developing educational material about dental trauma

Kuppusamy, Elavarasi; (2018) School children's participation in developing educational material about dental trauma. Doctoral thesis (D.Dent), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Dental trauma affects around 25% of schoolchildren, resulting in functional and aesthetic impairments. The long-term prognosis of a traumatised tooth is dependent on the immediate action taken following the injury; therefore public awareness about dental trauma is vital. Aims 1) To determine the format of educational material preferred by children who are not currently being treated for dental trauma 2) To work with schoolchildren to develop child friendly educational material about dental trauma 3) To evaluate the educational materials developed 4) To assess the suitability of the posters with children of different age groups Methods Phase 1: Questionnaires were distributed to 100 children aged 8-14 years, to determine their most preferred format of educational material. Phase 2: A presentation session about dental trauma followed by classroom activities to develop posters participated by 91 schoolchildren, aged 8-9 years. Phase 3: Evaluation by children followed by analysis by the research team. Phase 4: Two modified versions of the posters were displayed in the waiting room area of the paediatric dentistry clinic, to evaluate children’s preference and the learning outcomes. Most children in the younger age group (8-11 years) preferred posters, whereas older children (12-14 years) preferred videos. Twenty-one hand drawn posters were produced, and the top three posters were chosen by the children. Following evaluation by the research team, the highest number of domains (8) was obtained by three posters, and 19 posters had some interactive elements. Children in different age groups preferred posters, and their preference was influenced mainly by the design and information included in the posters. Information in image format were listed more commonly than information given in text format only. Involving schoolchildren in research was rewarding for both the children and the research team, and highlights the feasibility and importance of involving children in development of health educational materials.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: D.Dent
Title: School children's participation in developing educational material about dental trauma
Event: UCL
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Eastman Dental Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10040025
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