AIMS: To identify potential predictors of self-reported sleep bruxism (SB) within children's family and school environments.
A Aims: To assess possible differences between care seekers and non-care seekers with temporomandibular disorder (TMD) pain
complaints, by using semi-structured interviews.
METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were held with 16 subjects who
had TMD- pain complaints: 8 care seekers and 8 non-care seekers, matched for age, sex, pain intensity, and fear of movement.
Subjects were selected from a previously held survey study, with their consent. The interviews were audiotaped, transcribed
verbatim, and analyzed according to qualitative content analysis.
RESULTS: From the analysis, seven themes differentiating
care seekers from non-care seekers were identified: catastrophizing, pain management, assertiveness, critical attitude towards
health care, confidence in medical care, recognition, and adequate referral.
CONCLUSION: Aspects upon which care
seekers differed from non-care seekers were mainly person-related characteristics. Next to these characteristics, it appeared
that inadequate referrals may play a role in care seeking. The use of semi-structured interviews may further improve insights
into processes that determine care seeking among people with TMD pain complaints.