Dental PROBE (Dental Practice suRvey of Office Blood Pressure mEasurement) (Dental-PROBE)

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
(Funding unsuccessful)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sheldon Tobe, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Identifier:
First received: May 21, 2012
Last updated: August 26, 2013
Last verified: August 2013

20% of Canadians are hypertensive with approximately 200,000 new cases each year. Early detection of hypertension affects outcomes, reducing the risk for heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, and dementia. Screening strategies are required to identify the more than one third of Canadians with unrolled high blood pressure, in particular, younger men unaware of their condition, women over sixty years old, and underserved groups.

A collaborative practice model linking dentists to other healthcare providers in a reporting network is a promising model for hypertension detection and management. There are 20,129 licensed dentists in Canada who graduate with the ability to measure blood pressure, and 74% of the population visits a dentist each year. This represents an opportunity, but information is required on Dental attitudes toward screening for hypertension before attempting to initiate a screening model. To engage dentists in hypertension detection requires an understanding of the practice environment and the factors that shape their beliefs, attitudes and behaviours regarding routine hypertension screening in their practices.

Condition Intervention
Focus of Study is on Dentist's Attitudes Toward BP Measures
Behavioral: focus group

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: A Mixed Methods Study to Assess How to Engage Dentists in Blood Pressure Screening

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Further study details as provided by Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre:

Enrollment: 0
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Dentists in practice
Behavioral: focus group
key informant review


Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Canadian dental faculties and regulators. Canadian dentists. Canadian dental patients. Canadian dental experts

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Dentists in practice

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Unwilling to participate in study
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01604200

Canada, Ontario
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4N 3M5
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Sheldon Tobe, Associate Professor Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Identifier: NCT01604200     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 292-2011
Study First Received: May 21, 2012
Last Updated: August 26, 2013
Health Authority: Canada: Ethics Review Committee

Keywords provided by Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre:
blood pressure
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