A treatment trial of an information package to help patients accept new dentures

McGuire, L., Millar, K. and Lindsay, S. (2007) A treatment trial of an information package to help patients accept new dentures. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45(8), pp. 1941-1948. (doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2006.09.012)

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Intolerance of dentures can be very distressing and difficult to treat. Therefore, 44 patients, having had partial or total dental clearance, completed the Brief Symptom (Psychiatric) Inventory, the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale and the Satisfaction with Life Scale. Allocated alternately, each patient had treatment as usual or watched a video containing information, recapitulated in a leaflet, based on the Self Regulatory Model of health beliefs explaining the experiences of wearing dentures and how to tolerate them. They were then fitted with dentures. Two and six weeks later, although both groups expressed favourable expectations of their dentures, the control group deteriorated continually on all measures, correlated with a decline in self-reported dental functioning. The video group improved on all measures except Satisfaction with Life. Therefore, our study is unique in showing that appropriate management of patients can arrest (1) clinically significant distress which can be occasioned by the replacement of teeth by dentures and (2) the development of complaints which may be seen as spurious. Experimental procedures are suggested to determine the influences which have brought this about in our study.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Millar, Professor Keith
Authors: McGuire, L., Millar, K., and Lindsay, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Behaviour Research and Therapy
Publisher:Elsevier Ltd
ISSN (Online):1873-622X

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