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Attitudes to Independent Dental Hygiene Practice: Dentists and Dental Hygienists in OntarioFULL TEXT
• Tracey L. Adams, PhD •
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Contrary to previous research, this study found that male and female dentists did not differ in their attitudes to independent dental hygiene practice and university education for dental hygienists: both strongly opposed the former and tended to support the latter. Similarly, few differences in attitude amongst dentists by specialty were found.
Dental hygienists were generally supportive of independent practice and of expanding their scope of practice. On some measures, however, sex and age differences in attitudes were evident: at times dental hygienists who were older or male seemed to be stronger advocates for professional change than others.
MeSH Key Words: dentistry/manpower; dissent and disputes; interprofessional relations; professional autonomyReply to this article | View replies 
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