Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
                                                   Official journal of the Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry                           
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 86--92

Integration of oral health in primary health care through motivational interviewing for mothers of young children: A pilot study


Manu Batra1, Aasim Farooq Shah2, Jorma I Virtanen3 
1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Surendera Dental College and Research Institute, Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan, India
2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Government Dental College and Hospital, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
3 Research Unit of Oral Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu and Medical Research Center, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Manu Batra
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Surendera Dental College and Research Institute, Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan
India

Introduction: Early childhood caries (ECC) continues to affect children worldwide. In India, primary health centers (PHCs) comprises the primary tier where Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) provide integrated curative and preventive health care. The aim of the study was to pilot test the integration of oral health in primary health care through motivational interviewing (MI) for mothers of young children provided by ASHAs. Subjects and Methods: The pilot study was conducted in Kashipur, Uttarakhand. From the six PHCs in Kashipur, three were randomly selected, one each was assigned to MI group, traditional health education group, and control group. From 60 mothers with 8–12 months child, ASHAs of all three groups gathered mother's knowledge regarding child's oral health using close-ended questionnaire and diagnosed clinical risk markers of ECC in children and ASHAs of Group A and B imparted the oral health education as per their training. Results: The comparison of ASHA's performances on the MI training competency pre- and post-test showed an overall average of 74% improvement in post–test scores. Interexaminer reliability of the parallel clinical measurements by 6 ASHAs and the investigator for the maxillary central incisors showed 93% of agreement for both dental plaque and dental caries assessment with 0.86 and 0.89 kappa values, respectively. Conclusion: The health education through MI is feasible and can be cost-effective by utilization of ASHAs at PHCs to provide the oral health education to mothers which will in turn improve the oral health status of children.


How to cite this article:
Batra M, Shah AF, Virtanen JI. Integration of oral health in primary health care through motivational interviewing for mothers of young children: A pilot study.J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent 2018;36:86-92


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Batra M, Shah AF, Virtanen JI. Integration of oral health in primary health care through motivational interviewing for mothers of young children: A pilot study. J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent [serial online] 2018 [cited 2020 Sep 20 ];36:86-92
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