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Individuals' Experiences of Being Screened for Hypertension in Dental Health Care – “No Big Deal”

Authors
  • Andersson, Helen
  • Bergh, Håkan
  • Bergman, Stefan
  • Bergsten, Ulrika
Type
Published Article
Journal
Patient Preference and Adherence
Publisher
Dove Medical Press
Publication Date
Jun 11, 2022
Volume
16
Pages
1449–1456
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2147/PPA.S364689
PMID: 35722194
PMCID: PMC9199523
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Original Research
License
Unknown

Abstract

Background Hypertension is a common disease globally that accounts for the highest number of lost healthy life years and strongly associated with sequelae such as stroke and myocardial infarction. Early detection of individuals with high blood pressure can be ensured by screening also those who consider themselves “healthy”. Screening has both positive and negative effects where a diagnosis of hypertension can lead to worry about the future. These effects need to be elucidated in order to balance between benefit and harm before screening is introduced. The aim of the study was to describe individuals’ experiences of being screened for hypertension in dental health care. Methods Data from individual semi-structured interviews, with twenty participants screened for cardiovascular risk factors in connection with dental examination and aged 55–80 years, were analysed by means of qualitative content analysis. Results The results describe individuals’ experiences of blood pressure screening in dental health care by means of the following theme: “No big deal” based on two categories: “Convenient way of measuring blood pressure” and “Increased awareness of health”. Conclusion The overall message from the interviews was that having one’s blood pressure measured when visiting the dentist was convenient, easy and “No big deal”. Blood pressure screening did not create any major concerns and contributed to an increased awareness of health.

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