Opinion of residents from the Gold Coast, Queensland, on community water fluoridation

Kroon, Jeroen, Reid, Kate Emily, Cutting, Jenna Renae, Lalloo, Ratilal and Chiu, Kandy Chien (2014) Opinion of residents from the Gold Coast, Queensland, on community water fluoridation. Journal of Investigative and Clinical Dentistry, 5 1: 58-64. doi:10.1111/jicd.12015


Author Kroon, Jeroen
Reid, Kate Emily
Cutting, Jenna Renae
Lalloo, Ratilal
Chiu, Kandy Chien
Title Opinion of residents from the Gold Coast, Queensland, on community water fluoridation
Journal name Journal of Investigative and Clinical Dentistry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2041-1626
2041-1618
Publication date 2014-02-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/jicd.12015
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 5
Issue 1
Start page 58
End page 64
Total pages 7
Place of publication Richmond, VIC Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective
To investigate opinions and concerns of Gold Coast residents regarding fluoridation of community water supplies.

Material and methods
Anonymous data were collected in four major shopping centers from approximately 500 Gold Coast residents.

Results
Eighty-one percent of participants were aware of the addition of fluoride to the water supply. More than half obtained information on water fluoridation through the print and electronic media. Sixty percent of respondents supported water fluoridation. The majority preferred the public and/or health professionals to have made the decision on water fluoridation rather than the government. The percentage of residents supporting water fluoridation was lower than that found in other Queensland, Australian, and worldwide surveys. In this study, only age and the highest level of education attained were factors significantly related to levels of support for water fluoridation.

Conclusion
The Queensland Government's decision to implement water fluoridation without a referendum caused disquiet amongst some Gold Coast residents. Future public health initiatives therefore may be assisted by more consultation with, and involvement from, health professionals in the relevant fields. Public health campaigns may benefit more from interaction with the community in order to address their specific concerns.
Keyword Attitudes
Fluoridation
Public opinion
Queensland
Support
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Dentistry Publications
 
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