Practicing dental hygienists' perceptions about the bachelor of science in dental hygiene and the oral health practitioner

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dc.contributor Wichita State University. Department of Dental Hygiene en_US
dc.contributor.author Anderson, Kelly L. en_US
dc.contributor.author Smith, Barbara S. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-06T16:26:24Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-06T16:26:24Z
dc.date.issued 2009-10 en_US
dc.identifier 19805787 en_US
dc.identifier 8000150 en_US
dc.identifier 73/10/1222 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Journal of dental education. 2009 Oct; 73(10): 1222-32. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1930-7837 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0022-0337 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.jdentaled.org/content/73/10/1222.long en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10057/4739
dc.description Click on the link below to access the article (may not be free). en_US
dc.description.abstract No research data are available about practicing dental hygienists' opinions regarding the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (B.S.D.H.) and the oral health practitioner (OHP), a new professional category in dental hygiene; however, such views would be useful to those implementing these programs in the academic setting as well as those involved in proposing and passing legislation regarding them. The purpose of our study was to gather information from a group of practicing dental hygienists regarding their opinions in three areas: 1) the entry-level B.S.D.H., 2) the OHP, and 3) reasons for being for or against these programs. A survey, sent to 564 dental hygiene graduates, used a five-point Likert scale to evaluate perceptions in various categories. The respondents also ranked perceived benefits and negative impacts. The usable return rate was 33.6 percent. Descriptive statistics were developed, and chi-square tests were used to analyze the data. More than 70 percent of the respondents agreed that an associate's degree sufficiently prepared dental hygienists for their positions and that the OHP would have a positive impact on access to dental care. The majority also said they felt the master's-educated hygienist would be adequately prepared to perform proposed OHP functions. Selected demographic variables were found to be significantly associated with perceptions, including that the B.S.D.H. was viewed more positively by younger respondents. en_US
dc.format.extent 1222-32 en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher American Dental Education Association en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Dental Education en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries J Dent Educ en_US
dc.source NLM en_US
dc.subject.mesh Adult en_US
dc.subject.mesh Aged en_US
dc.subject.mesh Attitude of Health Personnel en_US
dc.subject.mesh Dental Hygienists/education en_US
dc.subject.mesh Health Personnel/education en_US
dc.subject.mesh Humans en_US
dc.subject.mesh Kansas en_US
dc.subject.mesh Medically Underserved Area en_US
dc.subject.mesh Middle Aged en_US
dc.subject.mesh Minnesota en_US
dc.subject.mesh Professional Autonomy en_US
dc.subject.mesh Professional Competence en_US
dc.subject.mesh Public Health Dentistry/manpower en_US
dc.subject.mesh Questionnaires en_US
dc.subject.mesh United States en_US
dc.subject.mesh Young Adult en_US
dc.subject.mesh Dental Hygienists/psychology en_US
dc.subject.mesh Health Personnel/legislation & jurisprudence en_US
dc.title Practicing dental hygienists' perceptions about the bachelor of science in dental hygiene and the oral health practitioner en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.coverage.spacial United States en_US
dc.description.version peer reviewed en_US
dc.rights.holder Copyright © 2009 American Dental Education Association en_US

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