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dc.contributorWichita State University. Department of Dental Hygieneen_US
dc.contributor.authorAnderson, Kelly L.en_US
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Barbara S.en_US
dc.identifier.citationJournal of dental education. 2009 Oct; 73(10): 1222-32.en_US
dc.descriptionClick on the link below to access the article (may not be free).en_US
dc.description.abstractNo 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.publisherAmerican Dental Education Associationen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesJournal of Dental Educationen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesJ Dent Educen_US
dc.subject.meshAttitude of Health Personnelen_US
dc.subject.meshDental Hygienists/educationen_US
dc.subject.meshHealth Personnel/educationen_US
dc.subject.meshMedically Underserved Areaen_US
dc.subject.meshMiddle Ageden_US
dc.subject.meshProfessional Autonomyen_US
dc.subject.meshProfessional Competenceen_US
dc.subject.meshPublic Health Dentistry/manpoweren_US
dc.subject.meshUnited Statesen_US
dc.subject.meshYoung Adulten_US
dc.subject.meshDental Hygienists/psychologyen_US
dc.subject.meshHealth Personnel/legislation & jurisprudenceen_US
dc.titlePracticing dental hygienists' perceptions about the bachelor of science in dental hygiene and the oral health practitioneren_US
dc.coverage.spacialUnited Statesen_US
dc.description.versionpeer revieweden_US
dc.rights.holderCopyright © 2009 American Dental Education Associationen_US

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