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Endocarditis prophylaxis and congenital heart defects in the Norwegian Public Dental Service.
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PMID:  23035713     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
AIMS: i) to assess how dental health workers of the Public Dental Service, PDS, carry out endocarditis prophylaxis related to dental treatment of children and adolescents with congenital heart defects (CHD) and to identify factors influencing their appropriate use of guidelines ii) to assess how dental health workers perceive any characteristics of patients with CHD. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was based on self-administered questionnaires mailed to all dentists and hygienists in the PDS in 3 Norwegian counties. RESULTS: The response rates among dentists (n=130) and dental hygienists (n= 54) were respectively 63% and 68%. The findings revealed an over-prescription of endocarditis antibiotics to patients with CHD. Most of the background variables investigated did not influence the responders' prescription decision for appropriate use of the current guidelines on the topic. The only significant factor was whether or not the respondent considered that the endocarditis prophylaxis guidelines were consistent and easy to follow. Compared with healthy children, dental health care workers felt less confident when providing dental treatment to children with CHD. CONCLUSION: There is room for improved education about children with CHD in dentistry and dental education. © 2012 The Author(s)/Acta Paediatrica © 2012 Foundation Acta Paediatrica.
Tine B Sivertsen; Anne N Astrøm; Gottfried Greve; Jörg Aßmus; Marit S Skeie
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-5
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1651-2227     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Paediatr.     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9205968     Medline TA:  Acta Paediatr     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 The Author(s)/Acta Paediatrica © 2012 Foundation Acta Paediatrica.
Institute of Clinical Odontology, University of Bergen, NO-5020, Bergen, Norway.
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