MS (Master of Science)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Randy Byington, Susan Bramlett Epps
The purpose of this study was to examine patient attitudes and opinions regarding the advancement of a mid-level dental provider, such as the ADHP, in an effort to better understand the perceptions of those who may one day be in a position to receive care from this type of provider. In this quantitative study, I analyzed the differences between those with and without access to dental care and evaluated differences among respondents based upon their socioeconomic and demographic attributes. I collected data from patients treated at Mt. Juliet Family & Cosmetic Dentistry and at the Coweta Samaritan Clinic via a 17-item questionnaire. Most respondents would be willing to accept treatment from someone in this role. The majority of respondents also believed it would be a positive step towards meeting the needs of the uninsured and underserved. Demographic data had no significant impact on their opinion of this role.
Thesis - Open Access
Burgess, Jacqueline M., "The Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner: An Exploration of the Patient Perspective Regarding the Advancement of a Mid-level Dental Provider" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3127. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/3127
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