Practicing dental hygienists' attitudes toward the proposed Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner: a pilot study Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Lambert, Douglas L.
    • Affiliation: School of Dentistry, Division of Allied Dental Education, Dental Hygiene Master's Program
  • The purpose of this pilot study was to assess the attitudes of active registered dental hygienists toward the proposed Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner (ADHP). Factors of support/interest in the ADHP concept, level of practice, and socio-demographics were examined. A self-administered questionnaire was mailed to 1562 active registered dental hygienists in Colorado, Kentucky, and North Carolina. Both quantitative and qualitative analyses were performed. The response rate was 29% (n = 442). Overall level of support/interest for the ADHP, indicated by cumulative totals of very and somewhat supportive/interested, was respectively 87%/74% in Colorado, 82%/71% in Kentucky, and 92%/81% in North Carolina. A significant difference was found among respondents interested in becoming an ADHP and those not interested (p<0.05). The overall level of support/interest in the proposed ADHP does not differ among the three states. A revised questionnaire and survey procedures could further improve measurement of dental hygienists' attitudes regarding the ADHP program.
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