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dc.contributor.authorCanares, Glenn
dc.contributor.authorClarke, Roxanne
dc.contributor.authorCaffrey, Erica
dc.contributor.authorChavis, Sydnee
dc.descriptionThe article processing charges (APC) for this open access article were partially funded by the Health Sciences and Human Services Library's Open Access Publishing Fund for Early-Career Researchersen_US
dc.description.abstractFew studies have investigated the concerns of caregivers of adolescents with special health-care needs (ASHCN) regarding the barriers and challenges of transitioning from a pediatric to an adult-based dental home. The purpose of this study was to assess these perceptions. Methods. A 23-question survey was administered to guardians of ASHCN who presented to the pediatric dental clinic at the University of Maryland. Question types were either multiple choice, Likert scale responses, or openended. A descriptive analysis and Fisher’s exact test were performed. Keywords were evaluated from the open-ended answers. Results. Twenty-seven caregivers completed the survey over a six-month period. Sixty-six percent of caregivers were aware that dental needs change as child ages and thought that transitioning was a logical next step, 78% had concerns about transitional care, and 70% did not have the desire to transition. Fisher’s exact analysis comparing awareness of transition versus the desire to transition was p < 0.10. Conclusion. Most caregivers were aware of the changing dental needs of ASHCN and believed transitioning was a logical step. Many caregivers lacked readiness and perceived multiple barriers to transitioning. Awareness of the need to transition from pediatric to adult-based dental homes was not correlated with the readiness to transition.en_US
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dc.subject.meshDental Careen_US
dc.subject.meshTransition to Adult Careen_US
dc.subject.meshDental Care for Disableden_US
dc.subject.meshCaregiver Burdenen_US
dc.titleCaregivers’ Perspectives on Transitioning Dental Care for Adolescents with Special Healthcare Needs–A Cross- Sectional Studyen_US

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