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Dentists' views on fearful patients. Problems and promises.
Swed Dent J. 2012; 36(2):79-89.SD

Abstract

A large number of patients treated in the general dental health service in Western countries report dental fear to some degree. Dentists' views of treating these fearful patients are not well described in the literature.Therefore, the aims of the study were to explore dentists' attitudes towards, experience of, and feelings about treating fearful patients. The sample consisted of 1293 members of the Association of Public Health Dentists in Sweden who were asked to respond to a web survey concerning dental fear. The response rate was 69% (n = 889).The majority of the responding dentists stated that dental fear is a problem in routine dental care,treating patients with dental fear is a positive challenge and they felt they were making a contribution.They also reported that treating patients with dental fear is associated with hard work, poor revenues, and little appreciation by employers. Female dentists reported a greater proportion of patients with dental fear and greater self-efficacy regarding the treatment of these patients, compared with their male colleagues. Dentists trained in other EU countries reported stress more often and less perceived contribution when treating fearful patients, compared with colleagues trained in Sweden.

CONCLUSION

Dentists' views of treating fearful patients are mainly positive; however, it is problematic that dentists feel stress and that dentists who treat many fearful patients feel their employers do not appreciate their efforts.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Behavioural and Community Dentistry, Sahlgrenska Academy, Sweden. Carl-Otto.Brahm@gu.seNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22876395

Citation

Brahm, Carl-Otto, et al. "Dentists' Views On Fearful Patients. Problems and Promises." Swedish Dental Journal, vol. 36, no. 2, 2012, pp. 79-89.
Brahm CO, Lundgren J, Carlsson SG, et al. Dentists' views on fearful patients. Problems and promises. Swed Dent J. 2012;36(2):79-89.
Brahm, C. O., Lundgren, J., Carlsson, S. G., Nilsson, P., Corbeil, J., & Hägglin, C. (2012). Dentists' views on fearful patients. Problems and promises. Swedish Dental Journal, 36(2), 79-89.
Brahm CO, et al. Dentists' Views On Fearful Patients. Problems and Promises. Swed Dent J. 2012;36(2):79-89. PubMed PMID: 22876395.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Dentists' views on fearful patients. Problems and promises. AU - Brahm,Carl-Otto, AU - Lundgren,Jesper, AU - Carlsson,Sven G, AU - Nilsson,Peter, AU - Corbeil,Jill, AU - Hägglin,Catharina, PY - 2012/8/11/entrez PY - 2012/8/11/pubmed PY - 2012/9/21/medline SP - 79 EP - 89 JF - Swedish dental journal JO - Swed Dent J VL - 36 IS - 2 N2 - UNLABELLED: A large number of patients treated in the general dental health service in Western countries report dental fear to some degree. Dentists' views of treating these fearful patients are not well described in the literature.Therefore, the aims of the study were to explore dentists' attitudes towards, experience of, and feelings about treating fearful patients. The sample consisted of 1293 members of the Association of Public Health Dentists in Sweden who were asked to respond to a web survey concerning dental fear. The response rate was 69% (n = 889).The majority of the responding dentists stated that dental fear is a problem in routine dental care,treating patients with dental fear is a positive challenge and they felt they were making a contribution.They also reported that treating patients with dental fear is associated with hard work, poor revenues, and little appreciation by employers. Female dentists reported a greater proportion of patients with dental fear and greater self-efficacy regarding the treatment of these patients, compared with their male colleagues. Dentists trained in other EU countries reported stress more often and less perceived contribution when treating fearful patients, compared with colleagues trained in Sweden. CONCLUSION: Dentists' views of treating fearful patients are mainly positive; however, it is problematic that dentists feel stress and that dentists who treat many fearful patients feel their employers do not appreciate their efforts. SN - 0347-9994 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22876395/Dentists'_views_on_fearful_patients__Problems_and_promises_ L2 - https://ClinicalTrials.gov/search/term=22876395 [PUBMED-IDS] DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -