Identifying Barriers for Implementing an Early Childhood Caries Risk Assessment Tool for Non-Dental Primary Care Providers
Sheth, Darsh Nilesh
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Purpose: The purpose of this project was to determine barriers to the implementation of a caries risk assessment tool for non-dental primary care providers. This project aimed to identify necessary requirements for practitioners to reduce the incidence of early childhood caries in the population. Methods: 8 participants were recruited for this project, which consisted of physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and physicians practicing in Manitoba. There were 2 focus groups and 1 interview session conducted on the virtual video communication platform Zoom, and 1 focus group session held in-person following COVID-19 protocols and restrictions. Results: Four themes were identified that related to barriers to implementation of a caries risk assessment tool: time, provider education, access to resources, and parental buy-in. Further breakdown of the themes included discussion on appointment slots, training, funding, and education respectively. Conclusion: All participants considered the caries risk assessment tool to be a great resource but further research needs to be conducted with larger sample sizes and additional professions to gain an additional understanding of barriers to implementation.