Exploring the opinions of secondary school students on the strengths and weaknesses of the school dental service in Selangor, Malaysia: a qualitative study

Ab Mumin, Nazirah and Mohd Yusof, Zamros Yuzadi and Jamaludin, Marhazlinda and Obaidellah, Unaizah Hanum (2021) Exploring the opinions of secondary school students on the strengths and weaknesses of the school dental service in Selangor, Malaysia: a qualitative study. BMC Oral Health, 21 (1). p. 394. ISSN 1472-6831

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12903-021-01741-7

Abstract

Background: The Malaysian School Dental Service (SDS) was introduced to provide systematic and comprehensive dental care to school students. The service encompasses promotive, preventive, and, curative dental care. This study aimed to undertake a process evaluation of the SDS based on the perspectives of government secondary school students in Selangor, Malaysia. Methods: The study adopted a qualitative approach to explore the opinions of secondary school students on the SDS implementation in their schools. Data from focus group discussions involving Form Two (14-year-olds) and Form Four (16-year-olds) students from the selected schools were transcribed verbatim and coded using the NVivo software before framework method analysis was conducted. Results: Among the strengths of the SDS were the convenience for students to undergo annual oral examination and dental treatment without having to visit dental clinics outside the school. The SDS also reduced possible financial burdens resulting from dental treatment costs, especially among students from low-income families. Furthermore, SDS helped to improve oral health awareness. However, the oral health education provided by the SDS personnel was deemed infrequent while the content and method of delivery were perceived to be less interesting. The poor attitude of the SDS personnel was also reported by the students. Conclusion: The SDS provides effective and affordable dental care to secondary school students. However, the oral health promotion and education activities need to be improved to keep up with the evolving needs of the target audience. © 2021, The Author(s).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Focus group; Oral health education; School dental service
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Divisions: Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology
Faculty of Dentistry
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2021 01:21
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2021 01:21
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/26030

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