Fluoridation - what the public know and what they want

Citation
D. Campbell et al., Fluoridation - what the public know and what they want, AUS NZ J PU, 25(4), 2001, pp. 346-348
Citations number
11
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Public Health & Health Care Science
Journal title
AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
ISSN journal
1326-0200 → ACNP
Volume
25
Issue
4
Year of publication
2001
Pages
346 - 348
Database
ISI
SICI code
1326-0200(200108)25:4<346:F-WTPK>2.0.ZU;2-B
Abstract
Objective. To describe the knowledge and beliefs on fluoridation of a commu nity served by an unfluoridated water supply prior to consultation on imple menting fluoridation. Methods: Telephone survey of a sample of residents and businesses utilising semistructured questionnaires. Comparisons were made among responses of et hnic and age groups. Results. Residents were more conversant concerning fluoridation than busine ss users. Knowledge and beliefs among ethnic groups differed significantly. Younger persons and those who had never been married were less knowledgeab le. Pamphlets supplied by water-provider organisations or health profession als were the preferred methods of acquiring fluoridation information. The m ajority of respondents wished the opportunity to express their views via a referendum. Health authorities were the favoured decision-makers. Conclusions and implications: Gaps were identified in this community's know ledge on fluoridation with important differences based on ethnicity and age . Strategies to inform the public on water fluoridation need to address the se subgroup differences.