ERIC Number: ED309674
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Clinical Practice of Traditional and Nontraditional Dental Hygienists. Final Report.
Boyer, E. Marcia
Information is presented on a study designed to gather details about the services provided by clinical dental hygienists in traditional and nontraditional settings. The 10 research topics addressed include: services provided by the clinical RDH in the traditional and nontraditional setting; time allocated for such services; how patients are charged in these settings; and income of the clinical RDH in both settings. The study used a sample of 1008 dental hygienists who graduated in 1982 from 48 dental hygiene schools in the United States. Data were collected by mail questionnaires. The 28 findings include the following: about 5% of the respondents chose employment in nontraditional clinical settings; more nontraditional than traditional hygienists attended continuing education programs; on the average, all clinical hygienists spent 78% of the work day providing oral prophylaxis and chairside education; polishing and scaling constituted the bulk of the dental hygiene appointment; pain control procedures were not usually provided by the dental hygienists; and the average payrate for traditional hygienists was 33.2% and for nontraditional hygienists was 36.4%. Two appendices contain detailed frequency tables for adults 1985 and detailed frequency tables for children 1985. Contains 37 references. (SM)
Descriptors: Allied Health Personnel, Dental Hygienists, Dentistry, Health Care Costs, Health Services, Hygiene, Longitudinal Studies, Medical Research, Postsecondary Education, Salaries
American Dental Hygienists' Association, 444 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 3400, Chicago, IL 60611 ($15.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Dental Research (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: American Dental Hygienists' Association, Chicago, IL.