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dc.contributor.authorHally, J.
dc.contributor.authorFreeman, R.
dc.contributor.authorYuan, S.
dc.contributor.authorHumphris, G.
dc.identifier.citationHally , J , Freeman , R , Yuan , S & Humphris , G 2017 , ' The importance of acknowledgement of emotions in routine patient psychological assessment : the example of the dental setting ' , Patient Education and Counseling , vol. 100 , no. 11 , pp. 2102-2105 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 249950587
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dc.identifier.otherRIS: urn:FD3426E6DC861C065F3B228C0D2E56BE
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85020483107
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000410632500022
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-4601-8834/work/64033918
dc.descriptionThis work was funded by the Chief Scientist Office, Scotland under their Clinical Academic Fellowship Scheme (grant number: CAF/07/02).en
dc.description.abstractObjective:  To investigate, by means of a conceptual model, the effect of dental staff engaging with their patients who share their level of dental anxiety in a short screening questionnaire. Methods :  Three consecutive studies based in the UK primary dental care services were conducted. Each study adopted a randomised group design to focus on the possible influence on patient state anxiety of the dentist becoming aware of their patients' dental anxiety from the self-reports of the Modified Dental Anxiety Scale (MDAS). Results :  A consistent finding in the first two studies was that the presentation of MDAS score sheet to the dentist was effective in reducing patient state anxiety when leaving the surgery. The third study provided supportive evidence that a more permanent anxiolytic effect of the presentation of the MDAS to the dentist was associated with the dentist responding openly to their patient about the fears expressed. Conclusion:  The active engagement of dental staff in the formal presentation of dental anxiety screening confers a reliable benefit to dentally anxious patients. Clinical implications:   Anxiety assessments in clinical service may give patients significant relief when staff acknowledge and engage patients when presented with their self-reported ratings.
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dc.subjectDental anxietyen
dc.subjectSelf-report measureen
dc.subjectH Social Sciencesen
dc.subjectBF Psychologyen
dc.subjectRA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicineen
dc.subjectRK Dentistryen
dc.titleThe importance of acknowledgement of emotions in routine patient psychological assessment : the example of the dental settingen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Medicineen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.WHO Collaborating Centre for International Child & Adolescent Health Policyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Health Psychologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.St Andrews Sustainability Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Population and Behavioural Science Divisionen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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