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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 56-59

Application of write-and-draw technique in pediatric dentistry: A pilot study


Department of Paedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Narayana Dental College and Hospital, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Rupak Kumar Dasarraju
Department of Paedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Narayana Dental College and Hospital, Nellore - 524 003, Andhra Pradesh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2468-8932.196482

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Background: Write-and-draw technique, which has been gaining popularity as a tool to capture views of children in the field of medicine, can be applied to seek views of children on pediatric dentists and dental operatory. Aim: The aim of the study was to seek the views of children on what they think about visiting a dental care setting and also to ascertain the views of children on pediatric dentists and dental operatory. Methodology: Fifty children aged 7-14 years selected on convenience sampling included in the study after obtaining informed assent were divided into two groups; Group A (n = 25) included children with the past dental experience and Group B (n = 25) included children without previous dental experience. Children with special health-care needs were excluded from the study. Those teachers involved in the data collection process were given a full script (quote) to follow. Results: Data analysis was performed using Riley's technique (1996) of coding data through the use of colored highlighter pens to identify common themes. Common themes emerged from the analysis were empathy, painless injection, white coat anxiety, and play area. Conclusion: Write-and-draw technique can be effectively applied as a tool to identify the opinions of children regarding pediatric dentists and dental operatory and dental operatory.


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