Attitudes and beliefs of oral health professionals regarding their role in health promotion

Proctor, Emily, Turner, Cathy, Pirozzo, Sandi and Wood, Paul (2003) Attitudes and beliefs of oral health professionals regarding their role in health promotion. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 14 1: 19-24.

Author Proctor, Emily
Turner, Cathy
Pirozzo, Sandi
Wood, Paul
Title Attitudes and beliefs of oral health professionals regarding their role in health promotion
Journal name Health Promotion Journal of Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1036-1073
Publication date 2003-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 14
Issue 1
Start page 19
End page 24
Total pages 6
Editor R. Moodie
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian Health Promotion Association
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
321216 Health Promotion
730299 Public health not elsewhere classified
Abstract Issues addressed: The study was designed to gain an understanding of health promotion from the perspective of oral health professionals employed in the public sector during a transition in the focus of services. Methods: A cross sectional survey of oral health professionals employed by Queensland Health was conducted between March and April 2001. Staff were randomly sampled from employment records. A proportionate random sample, stratified across professional groups and geographical zones, was selected. Results: While the majority of the health professionals surveyed perceived oral health promotion to be part of their role, they felt ill equipped to adopt it. Professional groups differed in their confidence and perception of how to promote health in their clinical setting, existing barriers they encountered and their participation in health promotion programs. Conclusions: Strategies to improve the adoption of the oral health promotion role within Queensland public oral health services include: regular in- service and education for all staff regarding health promotion issues; increased cohesion of the oral health team; intersectorial collaboration; supportive district management; and a refocus to primary health care and public health concepts
Q-Index Code C1

 
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