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August 2015

Spec Care Dentist. 2001 Nov-Dec; 21(6): 208-15.

Coping with tooth pain: a qualitative study of lay management strategies and professional consultation.

Stoller EP, Gilbert GH, Pyle MA, Duncan RP.

Department of Sociology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106-7124, USA. [email protected]

This research analyzes transcripts of semi-structured interviews with patients presenting with tooth pain at a rural dental clinic in North Florida. The primary objectives are to identify the strategies patients use to manage their pain and to elucidate the decision-making process leading to the clinic visit. Although respondents understood that their condition was not self-limiting, only about one-half contacted the clinic within several days of the onset of their pain. Most tried one or more lay management strategies.

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