Coping with tooth pain: A qualitative study of lay management strategies and professional consultation

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  • This research analyzes transcripts of semi-structured interviews with patients presenting with tooth pain at a rural dental clinic in North Florida. The primary objectives are to identify the strategies patients use to manage their pain and to elucidate the decision-making process leading to the clinic visit. Although respondents understood that their condition was not self-limiting, only about one-half contacted the clinic within several days of the onset of their pain. Most tried one or more lay management strategies.
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    Author List

  • Stoller EP; Gilbert GH; Pyle MA; Duncan RP
  • Start Page

  • 208
  • End Page

  • 215
  • Volume

  • 21
  • Issue

  • 6