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Summary of: Patient satisfaction with care by dental therapists.
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PMID:  20228754     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Introduction Patient reported outcomes of care are increasingly used as a measure of the quality of care. There has been a recent expansion in the number of dental therapists trained in the UK, and with legislation now permitting therapists to take on a wider role in dental practice, patients' perceptions about quality of care provided by therapists is an important issue.Objectives To investigate whether there were any differences in patient satisfaction after a visit to a therapist, compared to a visit to a dentist.Method A ten-item scale of patient satisfaction (Dental Visit Satisfaction Scale), which provides an outcome measure of overall patient satisfaction as well as three sub-scale outcomes (information-communication; understanding-acceptance; and technical competence) was used. A total of 240 questionnaires were given to consecutive patients attending an appointment with a therapist and 400 questionnaires were given to patients attending dentists, in eight different dental practices.Results Four hundred and thirty-one (67.3%) questionnaires were returned. Patients attending therapists were found to have a significantly higher level of overall satisfaction (p <0.001) and also in all three sub-scales (p <0.001), than those attending appointments with dentists.Conclusion Although a clear distinction in patient satisfaction according to the type of provider was found, the reasons behind this finding are unclear, and so care needs to be taken in interpreting the results, with further work undertaken to explore this phenomenon more fully.
P G Robinson
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British dental journal     Volume:  208     ISSN:  1476-5373     ISO Abbreviation:  Br Dent J     Publication Date:  2010 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-03-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7513219     Medline TA:  Br Dent J     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  212-3     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
Professor of Dental Public Health and Deputy Dean, School of Clinical Dentistry, Sheffield.
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