Dental health personnel’s experience with receiving inquiries from child welfare services: a national cross-sectional study
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OriginalversjonActa Odontologica Scandinavica, 2021. 10.1080/00016357.2021.2003428
Objectives To assess if and to what extent public dental health personnel (PDHP) receive inquiries from child welfare services (CWS), and to assess whether PDHP’s experience of receiving inquiries is associated with PDHP’s characteristics and whether the associations are influenced by PDHP’s experience of reporting to CWS. Material and methods Questionnaires were distributed to 1542 PDHP in Norway. Descriptive statistics were used for analysis. Negative-binominal-regression analyses with incidence rate ratios (IRRs) and confidence intervals (CIs) were used to estimate the association between received inquiries from CWS and PDHP characteristics. Results From a total of 1074 respondents, 52.4% had received inquiries from CWS (2012–2014) with a mean number of 3.9 (SD = 4.5). PDHP’s likelihood of receiving inquiries was significantly associated with having many patients, working in small municipalities, working in eastern Norway, having good knowledge of the Health Personnel Act, and having experience reporting to CWS. Regional differences were the only association that varied according to PDHP reporting activity. Conclusions PDHP receive inquiries from the CWS. The likelihood of receiving inquiries is associated with several characteristics of PDHP. To increase PDHP’s likelihood of receiving inquiries, it is important to establish contact between the CWS and PDHS and ensure that the PDHP has good knowledge of the Health Personnel Act.