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Why do general dental practitioners refer to a specific specialist endodontist in practice?
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PMID:  20812944     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
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AIMS: To identify the factors that influence the decision of general dental practitioners (GDPs) in Northern Ireland to refer to a specific specialist endodontist.
METHODOLOGY: A self-administered questionnaire was sent to 220 GDPs in Northern Ireland. The questionnaire comprised questions on demographic characteristics, pattern of practice, pattern of referral and factors influencing the decision to refer to a specific specialist endodontist in practice. The data were analysed using descriptive statistics and the chi-squared (χ(2) ) test at the 0.05 level of significance.
RESULTS: The response rate was 81%. All respondents stated that they carried out root canal treatment, and the majority (83%) stated that they also carried out root canal retreatment. A minority of respondents (11%) stated that they carried out surgical endodontics. These individuals were more likely to be men, hold a postgraduate qualification, or work in a rural location. The majority of respondents (94%) referred patients with an endodontic problem. These individuals were more likely to be women, not hold a postgraduate qualification, or not carry out surgical endodontics. GDPs indicated a preference for referring to a specialist endodontist in practice over other treatment providers. Factors considered to be of importance in the decision to refer to a specialist endodontist in practice included the practice location of, reputation of, communication with and patient management by the specialist endodontist. The greatest proportion of respondents ranked short waiting time for a consultation as the top promoter when referring to a specific specialist endodontist in practice.
CONCLUSION: The decision by GDPs to refer to a specific specialist endodontist in practice is multifactorial and influenced by several factors independent from the nature of endodontic disease. In Northern Ireland, the top promoter for referring to a specific specialist endodontist in practice was a relatively short waiting time for a consultation.
Authors:
J J Barnes; S Patel; F Mannocci
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-08-31
Journal Detail:
Title:  International endodontic journal     Volume:  44     ISSN:  1365-2591     ISO Abbreviation:  Int Endod J     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-07     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8004996     Medline TA:  Int Endod J     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  21-32     Citation Subset:  D    
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© 2010 International Endodontic Journal.
Affiliation:
Department of Conservative Dentistry, King's College London Dental Institute at Guy's King's and St Thomas' Hospital, London, UK.
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