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ERIC Number: ED513380
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 145
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1092-4806-7
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Use of Digital Technology and Support Software Programs in the Private Dental Offices in Nevada
Fattore-Bruno, LaDeane
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Illinois at Chicago, Health Sciences Center
The purpose of this survey research was to determine the diffusion of digital radiography, the electronic oral health record (EOHR), digital intraoral photography, and diagnosis and clinical decision-making support software into the dental offices of Nevada. A cross-sectional survey design was utilized with a random sample of 600 Nevada dentists. A response rate of 41.6% was obtained. This study found that the diffusion of digital radiography into the Nevada dental profession was much greater than the national average for general dentists. General dentists employed this technology 1.5 times more than the national average, general dentists who specialize in more costly dental procedures utilized it 2.5 times more, and specialists used this technology 4 times as much as the national estimate. This study also demonstrated that Nevada general dentists and dentists who focus on more costly dental procedures employed digital intraoral photography somewhat less than the national estimate and specialists used it half as much. However, this study confirmed that general dentists who focus on more costly dental procedures utilized this technology in greater numbers than predicted, but only when their practices employed a large staff. The EOHR demonstrated a respectable diffusion among the dentists of Nevada. General dentists and general dentists who focus their practices on more costly dental procedures had acquired this technology in numbers that were 1.5 times the national utilization rate for general dentists. Specialists in Nevada employed the EOHR in the same number as the national average. This survey demonstrated that there was very little diffusion of the diagnosis and clinical decision-making software technology in Nevada, as elsewhere in the country. In fact, this software was the least employed of the four digital dental technologies that were examined. Still, Nevada general dentists and those who focus on more costly dental procedures utilized this technology twice as much as the national average, and specialists employed it in the same numbers as general dentists across the country. With the exception of diagnosis and clinical decision-making software, income appears to be a factor in the acquisition of these digital technologies. Therefore, general dentists may acquire these technologies at a slower rate than the more affluent specialists and general dentists who focus on more costly dental procedures. However, as costs decline, digital radiography, with its safety advantages for both patients and employees, can be expected to become an integral part of the armamentarium of the public dental provider. Likewise, the EOHR, with all of its digital advantages, will be another digital dental technology that will become a standard component of public dental care delivery. Adoption of both technologies may even be hastened by state and federal mandates. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Nevada