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Patients’ and Parents’ Valuation of Fluoride Varnish in the UK and Brazil

Lookup NU author(s): Naeem Adam, Dr Chris VernazzaORCiD


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Objective: This study aimed to elicit WTP values for fluoride varnish application from participants using the publically-funded health services in Brazil and the UK, and aimed to identify differences in the variables impacting these values. A secondary aim was to compare WTP values from parents for their own preventative treatment and their child’s. Basic research design: Cross sectional analysis of quantitative data collected from participants attending routine dental appointments. Clinical setting: Clinics hosted by the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Brazil and Newcastle Dental Hospital, UK. Main outcome measures: WTP for a fluoride varnish application. Results: The mean WTP for Brazilian adults was R$60.37 (=£15.97). WTP was highly variable and factors affecting it were difficult to identify. UK parents valued fluoride varnish at mean values of £28.21 and £28.12, for themselves and their child respectively. Regression modelling found those with higher incomes had higher WTP in both samples. In the UK, parental and child WTP increased when parents had higher self-perceived need for dental treatment, had experienced recent dental pain, or their child had received restorations in the last 2 years. Conclusions: WTP for fluoride varnish varied dramatically between individuals. In both countries, it was difficult to predict this variance as factors which would likely impact upon on WTP had a limited effect and were sometimes counter-intuitive. WTP values for a parent and their child did not demonstrate a significant difference.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Walshaw EG, Adam NI, Palmeiro ML, Neves M, Vernazza CR

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Oral Health and Preventive Dentistry

Year: 2019

Volume: 17

Issue: 3

Pages: 211-218

Online publication date: 21/06/2019

Acceptance date: 20/02/2018

Date deposited: 18/04/2018

ISSN (print): 1602-1622

ISSN (electronic): 1757-9996

Publisher: Quintessence Publishing Co. Ltd.


DOI: 10.3290/j.ohpd.a42666


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