Orthodontic treatment for disabled children: a survey of parents’ attitudes and overall satisfaction
|Title:||Orthodontic treatment for disabled children: a survey of parents’ attitudes and overall satisfaction
|Author:||Abeleira Pazos, María Teresa
Pazos Currais, Elizabeth
Ramos Barbosa, María Isabel
Outumuro Rial, Mercedes
Limeres Posse, Jacobo
Seoane Romero, Juan Manuel
Diniz Freitas, Márcio
Diz Dios, Pedro
|Affiliation:||Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. Departamento de Cirurxía e Especialidades Médico-Cirúrxicas
|Subject:||Disabled | Special needs | Orthodontic | Dentistry | Satisfaction |
|Date of Issue:||2014
|Citation:||Abeleira, M.T., Pazos, E., Ramos, I. et al. Orthodontic treatment for disabled children: a survey of parents’ attitudes and overall satisfaction. BMC Oral Health 14, 98 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1186/1472-6831-14-98
Many patients with disability require orthodontic treatment (OT) to achieve adequate oral function and aesthetic appearance. The cooperation of disabled patients and of their parents is central to the success of OT, as treatment can involve ethical dilemmas. The aim of this study was to analyze the motivation, expectations and overall satisfaction with OT among parents of patients with disabilities.
The parents of 60 disabled Spanish children with physical, mental and/or sensory impairment undergoing OT were surveyed on attitudes to OT and level of satisfaction with the outcomes. The survey consisted of 23 questions in 4 sections: attitude and adaptation, benefits, adverse effects, and level of satisfaction after completion of OT. A control group formed of the parents of 60 healthy children undergoing OT at the same institution were also surveyed.
Parents of disabled children undergoing OT showed a high level of motivation and they are willing to collaborate in oral hygiene procedures. Adaptation to the removable appliances was poorer in disabled children but adaptation to fixed appliances was excellent. OT can provide a marked improvement in quality of life, social relationships and oral functionality in disabled children.
Among parents of disabled children undergoing OT, the perceived level of overall satisfaction was very high and expectations were often exceeded.
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