A Pilot test of an oral health education module for community health workers in Ikeja LGA, Lagos State.

  • A.A Adeniyi
  • V. Ajieroh
  • O. O. Sofola
  • O. Asiyanbi
  • A. Oyapero

Abstract

ABSTRACT


 


Objectives: The purpose of this paper is to report the experience of developing, facilitating, and evaluating a 3-day module on oral health education for Primary Health Care Workers (CHW) in Ikeja LGA Lagos State.


 


Methods: Twenty-one CHW in Ikeja LGA were invited for a 3-day oral health education-training program in January 2015. An oral health education manual and a flip chart developed for this purpose were used during training. Participants received didactic lectures on the first two days and participated in a practical session on the third day. A pretest was done before the training session while a posttest was done immediately and 6 months after the intervention. Data entry, validation and analysis was done using SPSS version 20.


 


Results: Majority of the respondents were female (95.0%), Community Health Officers (65.0%), mean age was 42.1± 10.4 years while mean years of experience was 9.7 ±10.8 years. There was a statistically significant increase (p= 0.000) in the mean knowledge score of participants immediately after the intervention. There was no difference between the results obtained immediately and at 6 months after the training (p= 0.328). All participants reported including oral health education in their routine health education sessions at the 6-month review. They also reported observing changes in client's perception and behavior regarding oral health. They identified the flipchart as a useful tool for the oral health education sessions in the PHC.


 


Conclusion: PHC workers can be easily trained and deployed as oral health educators particularly in areas where there is shortage of oral health care workers.

Published
Oct 12, 2017
How to Cite
ADENIYI, A.A et al. A Pilot test of an oral health education module for community health workers in Ikeja LGA, Lagos State.. African Journal of Oral Health, [S.l.], v. 7, n. 1, p. 11-19, oct. 2017. ISSN 0189-5710. Available at: <http://ajoh.oauife.edu.ng/index.php/ajoh/article/view/16>. Date accessed: 14 dec. 2017.
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