Understanding the 'epidemic' of complete tooth loss among older New Zealanders.


OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to obtain a deeper understanding of the social factors driving New Zealand's historic 'epidemic of edentulism' and how they operated. METHOD In-depth, semi-structured interviews with 31 older New Zealanders were analysed using applied grounded theory. RESULTS Universal factors present in the data were: (a) the way in… (More)
DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-2358.2009.00306.x


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