Guide for children with dental anxiety highly commended in the 2017 BMA Patient Information Awards

A self-help guide for children who are scared of the dentist called ‘Your teeth you are in control’ was highly commended at the prestigious British Medical Association Patient Information Awards 2017 held at BMA House in London on 18th September. The guide was also short listed for a special award for innovative resources aimed at children.

The development of the resources was led by Dr Zoe Marshman, Prof Helen Rodd and Prof Sarah Baker at the School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield and uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques to reduce children’s anxiety about going to the dentist.

The development, dissemination and evaluation of the resources all seem exceptional. The resources are well placed to improve the lives of children and their families and help dentists do their job well.

BMA Patient Information Award Reviewer

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Zoe and team at awards

The resources, which are available online or in a paper version (available to order), have been designed with children to help them work with their dentist. The team found that 73 per cent of children felt a lot less worried about visiting the dentist after using the resources. The research was published in the international journal ‘JDR Clinical and Translational Research’, funded by a grant from the National Institute for Health Research and sponsored by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust. Paper: ‘Development and Testing of a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Resource for Children’s Dental Anxiety’ JDR Clinical & Translational Research. Vol 2, Issue 1, pp. 23 – 37 DOI:10.1177/2380084416673798