TITLE

A survey of the workload of dental therapists/hygienist-therapists employed in primary care settings

AUTHOR(S)
Jones, G.; Evans, C.; Hunter, L.
PUB. DATE
February 2008
SOURCE
British Dental Journal;2/9/2008, Vol. 204 Issue 3, pE5
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Aim To determine whether dental therapists/hygienist-therapists employed in UK primary care settings are currently fulfilling a mainly preventive or therapeutic role, and whether the pattern of work they undertake depends upon the specific setting in which they are employed.Design Self-administered postal questionnaire including a day-book proforma.Results Useable day-book proformas were received from 209 dental therapists/hygienist-therapists. Their analysis indicated that those working in the GDS (when compared with those working in the CDS) are predominantly treating adults and being delegated a preventive role which could equally be fulfilled by singly-qualified dental hygienists.Conclusion This study suggests that primary care dentists working with dental therapists/hygienist-therapists are currently utilising only a small range of these professionals' skills. Consideration should be given as to whether to (a) meet the wishes of dentists by training singly-qualified hygienists, or (b) develop a system which encourages dentists to use dental therapists/hygienist-therapists differently.
ACCESSION #
29320488

 

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