Children’s Rights in their Oral Health Care

How Responsive are Oral Health Professionals to Children’s Rights

In: The International Journal of Children's Rights
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  • 1 New Zealand
  • 2 New Zealand
  • 3 New Zealand
  • 4 Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 5 UK

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Research on children’s rights in oral health care is lacking, and this study aims to partially fill this gap. In 2015, we conducted research in one region of New Zealand using video methods to explore the rights of 22 children during a specific oral health treatment, the placement of stainless steel crowns. Our findings show that many children did not receive a professional standard of care, there were gaps in the delivery and standard of care, and there were numerous examples of children’s rights’ violations. At the same time, however, some of the children’s dental practitioners’ actions may have been acceptable practice within the profession if children’s rights have not yet fully been embedded into the practice of oral health care workers. We conclude with a discussion of the implications of our findings and suggestions for a more rights based standard of oral health care.

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