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Management of orthodontic emergencies in primary care – self-reported confidence of general dental practitioners

Popat, Hashmat, Thomas, Katie and Farnell, Damian J. J. 2016. Management of orthodontic emergencies in primary care – self-reported confidence of general dental practitioners. British Dental Journal 221 , pp. 21-24. 10.1038/sj.bdj.2016.495

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Objective: To determine general dental practitioners’ (GDPs) confidence in managing orthodontic emergencies. Design: Cross-sectional study. Setting: Primary dental care. Subjects and methods: An online survey was distributed to dentists practicing in Wales. The survey collected basic demographic information and included descriptions of ten common orthodontic emergency scenarios. Main outcome measure Respondents’ self-reported confidence in managing the orthodontic emergency scenarios on a 5‑point Likert scale. Differences between the Likert responses and the demographic variables were investigated using chi-squared tests. Results: The median number of orthodontic emergencies encountered by respondents over the previous six months was 1. Overall, the self-reported confidence of respondents was high with 7 of the 10 scenarios presented scoring a median of 4 indicating that GDPs were ‘confident’ in their management. Statistical analysis revealed that GDPs who saw more orthodontic emergencies in the previous six months were more confident when managing the presented scenarios. Other variables such as age, gender, geographic location of practice and number of years practising dentistry were not associated with self reported confidence. Conclusions: Despite GDPs encountering very few orthodontic emergencies in primary care, they appear to be confident in dealing with commonly arising orthodontic emergency situations.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
ISSN: 0007-0610
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 August 2018
Date of Acceptance: 7 June 2016
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2019 23:56

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