Title: 0788 - Virtual Health Promotion and Self-assessment in Future Oral Health Services


Anne Komulainen (Presenter)
Finnish Student Health Service

Anu Ramberg, Finnish Student Health Service


Objectives: FSHS carried out a study with Vaasa University students about oral health services in the future. The aim was to get students visions of future service needs and service planning of oral health promotion. The objective of the study was to investigate students opinions regarding virtual services beside traditional appointments. Especially we were intrested in finding out how dental fear among students affected prioritization of the selected services, encountering dental professionals and using regular self-assesment.

Methods: We used the Real Time Delfoi Method in which an anonymous panel produced data at web platform during one week. 50 subjects were analyzed with SAS System for Windows. The questionnaire contained several topics such as encountering a patient at traditional or virtual appointment, possibility to personal guidance by video or chat and personal digital care or health information availability. These topics were analyzed against different background variables for instance dental fear.

Results: In this study the most important health promotion services in order of importance were: guidance given by oral health professionals (traditional appointments), possibility to personal guidance by video or chat and information given by oral health professionals (mobile applications) and regular self-assessment by mobile application. In the virtual service entity virtual connection between patient and dental professional was considered the most interesting future service. Statistically significant result was found between regular self-assessment with mobile applications and dental fear (p=0,0030).

Conclusions: Although guidance given by oral health professionals at traditional appointments was ranked the most important service, this study however showed that oral health patients are ready for virtual health promotion. Services with mobile technology are in the key role because smartphones are very commonly used. For more than half of those, who suffered from dental fear, self-assessment made by mobile applications seemed to be a pleasant choice.

Disclosure Statement:
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