Incorporating oral-systemic evidence into patient care: practice behaviors and barriers of North Carolina dental hygienists Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Bell, Kathryn Potter
    • Affiliation: School of Dentistry, Division of Allied Dental Education, Dental Hygiene Master's Program
  • The purpose of this survey research was to determine what practice behaviors are prevalent among North Carolina (NC) Dental Hygienists (DH) regarding the incorporation of oral-systemic evidence into practice as well as perceived barriers to implementation. A questionnaire was developed to survey 859 dental hygienists responding to mailed invitation to participate. Survey data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and Chi-square analysis. Fifty percent of DH are extremely likely to refer patients to a medical provider for follow up assessments. Conditions DH are likely to discuss with patients include tobacco use (89%), pregnancy (84%), and genetics (79%). Significant barriers to implementing oral-systemic evidence include lack of time (52%), concern over legal risks (44%), and lack of education (27%). The findings indicate that NC DH are implementing some aspects of oral-systemic evidence into practice but could take a more active role if they had more allotted time, education and training.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Education in the Department of Dental Ecology, School of Dentistry."
  • Wilder, Rebecca S.
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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