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New Study Seeks to Improve the Way Dentists Measure Children’s Pain During Appointments

December 17, 2019
by University of Washington


So, since childhood fears of the dentist last into adulthood and can lead to health problems, why isn’t more being done to understand young people’s experience of dental pain?

That’s exactly what Cameron Randall, a clinical psychologist and acting assistant professor at the UW School of Dentistry, hopes to find out with a roughly $800,000, 5-year career development grant from the National Institutes of Health.

“We know that dental care providers don’t always systematically and uniformly measure patients’ pain during treatment,” Randall said. “So, my study will be looking at the pain assessment practices of pediatric dentists and general dentists who work with a lot of pediatric patients.

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