The Behaviour of Dental Nurses Applying Fluoride Varnish to Young Children (BEHAVE)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Prof G Humphris, University of St Andrews Identifier:
First received: April 14, 2009
Last updated: January 9, 2013
Last verified: January 2013
The behaviour of 12 dental nurses seeing 600 nursery school children in East Scotland will be video-taped to determine the interaction patterns adopted by the staff in the application of a fluoride varnish to the surfaces of the child's teeth. The aim is to test the benefit of certain communication strategies used by the nurses to affect an efficient application controlling for nursery school site, age of child and experience of dental nurse.

Condition Intervention
Dental Caries
Other: Fluoride varnish

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: The Behavioural Engagement of Dental Nurses Applying the Fluoride Varnish to Young Children: the BEHAVE Study

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by University of St Andrews:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Distinct defined communicative behaviour of dental nurse [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 509
Study Start Date: April 2009
Study Completion Date: December 2011
Primary Completion Date: June 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Fluoride application Other: Fluoride varnish
the topical application of fluoride varnish to all surfaces of exposed teeth
Other Name: Duraphat

  Show Detailed Description


Ages Eligible for Study:   3 Years to 6 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Nursery school children from designated nursery schools (from under resourced communities) in East Scotland.

Health Boards involved include: Fife, Forth Valley and Tayside


Inclusion Criteria:

  • children attending nursery schools (to be designated in the Health Boards described above)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • consent of parent not supplied
  • learning difficulties
  • child refuses
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00881790

United Kingdom
University of St Andrews
St Andrews, Fife, United Kingdom, KY16 9TS
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of St Andrews
Principal Investigator: Gerald M Humphris, PhD Univ of St Andrews
  More Information

Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Prof G Humphris, Chair of Health Psychology, University of St Andrews Identifier: NCT00881790     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: BEHAVE01 
Study First Received: April 14, 2009
Last Updated: January 9, 2013
Health Authority: Scotland: Scottish Executive Health Department

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Dental Caries
Stomatognathic Diseases
Tooth Demineralization
Tooth Diseases
Cariostatic Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Protective Agents processed this record on May 23, 2016