Evaluation of a dental health education program for midwives

Ocek Z. A. , Eden E. , Soyer M., Ciceklioglu M.

JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH DENTISTRY, vol.63, no.4, pp.255-257, 2003 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 63 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1752-7325.2003.tb03509.x
  • Page Numbers: pp.255-257


Objective: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of a dental health program for the midwives in primary health care services in Izmir, Turkey. Methods: One hundred sixty-four midwives participated in the pilot project. The program was evaluated by quantitative and qualitative methods. The quantitative method assessed the improvement of the dental knowledge level, whereas the qualitative method was conducted to determine the assessments of the participants. Results: The percentages of correct responses given to knowledge items were higher after the program. The midwives defined their role as an important first step for dental services. Education atmosphere was the best characteristic of the program, whereas lack of a written document was an important limitation. Conclusion: Despite some limitations, the program was an effective way of improving the oral health knowledge of the midwives and their motivation for dental services.