Nordisk samhällsodontologi : Forskningsområden och forskarparadigm
Sammanfattning: The subject of this dissertation is Nordic community dentistry, with the focus on its areas of research and its researcher paradigms. The main objective is to characterise and demarcate Nordic community dentistry research with the aid of empirical material.The dissertation includes four sub-studies. The first of these is based on literature studies; the second is based on a combination of qualitative and quantitative content analyses of research articles concerning Nordic community dentistry during the period 1973 to 1991; the third comprises qualitative content analyses of a selection of articles from the same period; and the fourth is based on a questionnaire sent to Nordic community dentistry researchers.As a theoretical basis and analytical tool in the inquiry into the content of Nordic community dentistry research and its researcher paradigms, Hakan Tömebohm's concept of paradigm is used.It is shown in the dissertation that Nordic community dentistry research is pursued within seven principal fields with subgroups and categories. It is further shown that this research is multi-paradigmatic and individual. It is, however, in the light of the results of the four sub-studies, possible to constmct a community dentistry main paradigm emerging from the four researcher attributes: the researcher's scientific outlook, interest, competence and world-picture.Those characteristics which are most clearly and frequently evident within the research community belong to the researcher's scientific outlook and less frequently to his or her world-picture. A total of 13 areas are characterised within the main paradigm.
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