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Cognitive Mapping Tobacco Control Advice for Dentistry: A Dental PBRN Study

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Abstract:

Objective : To identify facilitative strategies that could be used in developing a tobacco cessation program for community dental practices.

Methods : Nominal group technique (NGT) meetings and a card-sort task were used to obtain formative data. A cognitive mapping approach involving multidimensional scaling and hierarchical cluster analysis was used for data analysis.

Results : Three NGT meetings conducted with 23 dental professionals yielded 27 nonredundant facilitative strategies. A 2-dimensional 4-cluster cognitive map provided an organizational framework for understanding these strategies.

Conclusion : Views of the target population solicited in a structured format provided clear direction for designing a tobacco cessation intervention.

Keywords: Card Sort; Cognitive Mapping; Nominal Group Technique; Smoking Cessation

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.35.2.10

Publication date: 2011-03-01

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