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Caregiver Illness Perception and Child’s Early Childhood Caries Status

Sponsored by National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Project Period: July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2016


This fellowship research study will assess the illness perception of parent/caregivers of children with severe tooth decay compared to children without tooth decay. This research will build on limited work in this area of understanding the perception of parent/caregivers towards their child’s tooth decay. The findings will be useful to identify factors that contribute to poor perception regarding childhood tooth decay.

Project Team

Mary Beth Slusar – Department of Community Dentistry

Suchitra Nelson (Co-Sponsor) - Department of Community Dentistry

Peter Milgrom (Co-Sponsor) - Department of Community Dentistry

James Spilsbury (Mentoring Team) - Center for Clinical Investigation

Jeffrey Albert (Mentoring Team) - Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Dr. Mary Beth Slusar

Dr. Mary Beth Slusar
Principal Investigator

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