Barriers to the use of dental services by individuals from minority ethnic communities living in the United Kingdom: findings from focus groups
Newton, J; Thorogood, N; Bhavnani, V; Pitt, J; Gibbons, DE; Gelbier, S; (2001) Barriers to the use of dental services by individuals from minority ethnic communities living in the United Kingdom: findings from focus groups. Primary dental care , 8 (4). pp. 157-161. ISSN 1355-7610Full text not available from this repository.
OBJECTIVE: To describe the barriers identified by individuals from minority ethnic communities resident in the United Kingdom to their use of dental services. METHOD: Focus group discussions were held with individuals from minority ethnic groups. Data were analysed using the technique of content analysis on the basis of categories defined by the researchers. FINDINGS: Barriers to regular attendance identified by participants included: language, a mistrust of dentists, cost, anxiety, cultural misunderstandings, concern about standards of hygiene. The type of barrier identified differed between ethnic groups, though mistrust of dentists was common to all groups. CONCLUSIONS: The findings confirm previous research identifying barriers to the use of dental services. However, for the first time in the United Kingdom, it has been suggested that the nature of the perceived barriers varies across ethnic groups. These findings have implications for attempts to increase use of dental services among individuals from minority ethnic communities.
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