The awareness and acceptance of University of Portsmouth students; in the role of a dental therapist

Kaur, Pavan (2013) The awareness and acceptance of University of Portsmouth students; in the role of a dental therapist. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    As the amount of dental therapy schools and graduates increase; there has been recommendation of the expansion of the dental therapists’ remit and role in the provision of dental care. However, dentistry may have over looked the awareness and acceptance dental patients have of dental therapy. This research paper investigates University of Portsmouth’s non-dental students’ awareness and acceptance of dental therapists’. A questionnaire was distributed amongst 50 non-dental students’ at the University. The questionnaire included eleven closed questions that assessed the levels of awareness and acceptance the participant had; in relation to dental therapists’. The questionnaire was distributed on Google Docs via a mobile device at the University of Portsmouth library. The results from the questionnaire were analysed using a descriptive statistical approach including a bivariate analysis approach. The result in terms of the awareness of dental therapists’; concluded that 93% of participants had an awareness of the environments dental therapists’ work however, all participants lacked knowledge on their remit and role. In relation to the acceptance of dental therapist’s by participants; 20% of participants were preferred dental therapists’ compared to a dentist in non-invasive such as a scale and polish; only 3% of participants preferred a dental therapist in invasive treatments such as an injection. Overall 18 participants preferred a dentist for one or more of the three procedures displayed to them. The main reasoning for this was that they did not know the remit of a dental therapist. Furthermore recommendations identified from this research paper include raising the profile of dental therapists’ and dental therapy through media sources such as TV and radio, positive community dental projects along with education on dental therapy for allied health professionals.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Portsmouth Dental Academy
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2013 14:14
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:30

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