Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-Other-00005026
Title: Language, a communication barrier in pediatric dentistry? – A questionnaire-based survey
Category: Others ( DIT Related Science )
Section: Research Article
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    Introduction: Communication between doctors and patients is of great importance. The issue of language barriers in the health-care sector has received very little attention. Miscommunication between the doctor and patient or between doctor and the patient’s families can be hazardous. Communication challenges arise when the doctor and the patient do not speak the same language. There is always a level of uncertainty if the patient or the patient’s family has been able to understand what the doctor is trying to tell them. There is a need to address this barrier for the benefit of the patient. A survey was done among parents of pediatric patients whose pediatric dentists do not speak their first language to assess if language is a communication barrier. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire survey was done among 200 parents of pediatric patients in the Department of Pedodontics of Saveetha Dental College, Chennai. The questionnaire was handed out to the parents after the treatment. The survey data were collected, analyzed, and interpreted. Results: The result suggested that about 43.45% of the parents think that language is not a barrier in treating pediatric patients, whereas 21.15% of the parents think the reverse. About 35.1% of parents think that language can sometimes be a barrier in treating pediatric patients. Conclusion: Based on this survey, it cannot be concluded if the language is a barrier or not. Some parents find it easy to understand post-operative instructions and the treatment plan explained by the dentist who does not know their first language, whereas some parents find it difficult in taking appointments from the dentist who does not know their first language. It was proved that the overall efficiency of the dentist will not reduce because of the language barrier.

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    Niharika Kotian*, E. M. G. Subramanian, Mebin Mathew

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    Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: Dr. Niharika Kotian, Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    Niharika Kotian*, E. M. G. Subramanian, Mebin Mathew

    Title:Language, a communication barrier in pediatric dentistry? – A questionnaire-based survey
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):14 (May)
    Year:2020
    Page No: (697-701)
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    Methodology:Behavior management, Communication, Language barrier
    Research Materials:Pediatric patients

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Behavior management Communication Language barrier Pediatric patients

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