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A Questionnaire Study on Patient Knowledge on X-ray Radiation Effects on Human Health from Dental Radiographic Examination
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Swedish Radiation Safety Authority has suggested guide-lines regarding information to individuals who undergo radiographic examinations. The guide-lines concerns medical care but patients in dental care can also be expected to have a wish to be informed about ionizing radiation. The main objective was to find out the patient’s perception of their knowledge about x-ray radiation and if they have a need to know more about x-rays. A questionnaire study was performed at two public dental clinics in Sweden during a twomonth period in the summer 2016. Patients ≥ 18 years old who gave their consent to participate were included in the study. Of all 429 participants 44 % declared an average knowledge about x-ray radiation and 37 % of all participants declared an inadequate knowledge. A total of 54 % had been informed about x-ray and its effects. School was the most common information source. Approximately 76 % had the perception that dental x-ray radiation is not harmful. 51 % declared the need to know more about x-ray. Approximately 52 % declared no knowledge about natural background radiation and 59 % declared it valuable to know more about dental x-ray in relation to natural background radiation. The participants showed mixed opinion and perception about x-ray radiation. A majority of patients want to know more about x-ray radiation. The study did not identify any particular group(s) needing more information about x-ray radiation than what is included in the justification of the radiographic examination.

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2017. , p. 24
Keywords [en]
dental x-ray, questionnaire Study, patients
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-143417OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-143417DiVA, id: diva2:1169076
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Dentistry Programme
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2017-10-10, Sal C, Tandläkarhögskolan, 9 trappor, Umeå, 14:20 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2018-01-02 Created: 2017-12-22 Last updated: 2018-01-02Bibliographically approved

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