- Why seek treatment for temporomandibular disorder pain complaints? A study based on semi-structured interviews
- Journal of Orofacial Pain
- Volume | Issue number
- 27 | 3
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Dentistry (ACTA)
AIMS: To identify potential predictors of self-reported sleep bruxism (SB) within children's family and school environments.
METHODS: 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.
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