Content Analysis of Oral Health Information in Science Textbooks: A Cross-sectional Study in State Boards of Northeast, India
Jean N Murry, Shivangi Sharmaa, N Sathyajith Naik, Anushtha Kush, Mongshithung N Murry, Ravi Bhandari
Content analysis, Health messages, School textbooks
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Murry JN, Sharmaa S, Naik NS, Kush A, Murry MN, Bhandari R. Content Analysis of Oral Health Information in Science Textbooks: A Cross-sectional Study in State Boards of Northeast, India. J South Asian Assoc Pediatr Dent 2023; 6 (1):14-18.
Background: In wealthier countries, the World Health Organization's (WHO) global plan for the promotion of oral health resulted in tremendous progress, but the situation is gloomy among deprived populations due to gaps in program implementation. One such neglected region is Northeast India.
Aim: To perform a content analysis of the information on oral health in Science textbooks of standard I–X among state boards in Northeast India.
Materials and methods: In Northeast India, a cross-sectional study was undertaken among seven different state boards. To get the needed number of states, convenience sampling was utilized. An assessment instrument of oral health-related key components was used to conduct content analysis for various standards based on content, extent, and evidence. Microsoft Excel 2013 was used to conduct a descriptive analysis of the data.
Results: The study was completed in all seven state boards. A total of 124 pages in total were analyzed (243 oral health messages and 55 pictures). The highest percentage of core components (5) were found in VII standard textbooks of Mizoram (i.e., 100%), and 40% of core components were present in textbooks of all other states except Nagaland, where 0% of core components were seen.
Conclusion: The Science textbooks of state boards of Northeast India need to be improvised since there is a massive lack of content related to oral health.
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