Attitude of dental hygienists, general practitioners and periodontists towards preventive oral care : an exploratory study

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Attitude of dental hygienists, general practitioners and periodontists towards preventive oral care : an exploratory study
Author Thevissen, Eric ; De Bruyn, Hugo ; Colman, Roos ; Koole, Sebastiaan
Date 2017
English abstract
IntroductionPromoting oral hygiene and stimulating patient's responsibility for his/her personal health remain challenging objectives. The presence of dental hygienists has led to delegation of preventive tasks. However, in some countries, such as Belgium, this profession is not yet legalized. The aim of this exploratory study was to compare the attitude towards oral-hygiene instructions and patient motivational actions by dental hygienists and by general practitioners/periodontists in a context without dental hygienists. Materials and MethodsA questionnaire on demographics (six items), oral-hygiene instructions (eight items) and patient motivational actions (six items) was distributed to 241 Dutch dental hygienists, 692 general practitioners and 32 periodontists in Flanders/Belgium. Statistical analysis included Fisher's exact-test, Pearson's chi-square test and multiple (multinomial) logistic regression analysis to observe the influence of profession, age, workload, practice area and chair-assistance. ResultsSignificant variance was found between general practitioners and dental hygienists (in 13 of 14 items), between general practitioners and periodontists (in nine of 14 items) and between dental hygienists and periodontists (in five of 14 items). In addition to qualification, chair-assistance was also identified as affecting the attitude towards preventive oral care. ConclusionThe present study identified divergence in the application of, and experienced barriers and opinions about, oral-hygiene instructions and patient motivational actions between dental hygienists and general practitioners/periodontists in a context without dental hygienists. In response to the barriers reported it is suggested that preventive oriented care may benefit from the deployment of dental hygienists to increase access to qualified preventive oral care.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/idj.12289 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Link http://rdcu.be/x1xN/... (external link to publication)
Publisher Wiley
Host/Issue International Dental Journal;4
Volume 67
ISSN 0020-6539
Pages 221-228
Language eng (iso)
Subject Dental hygienists
general practitioners
periodontists
oral-hygiene instruction
patient motivation
questionnaire study
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/23630 Permalink to this page
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