The purpose of this study was to evaluate dentists? attitudes and perceptions toward dental therapists, a new licensed dental provider in Minnesota. This study employed mixed modes to administer a survey using a stratified random sample of 1000 dentists in Minnesota. The response rate was 55% (AAPOR RR1: n=551/999). Results showed a majority of dentists were opposed to dental therapists performing irreversible procedures. In addition, results identified perceived barriers to hiring a dental therapist and found dentists do not believe dental therapists will alleviate oral health disparity in the State.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This investigation was financially supported by an American Association of Public Health Dentistry Foundation grant in 2011 (AAPHD ID# 3317). Opinions and assertions contained herein are those of the authors and are not to be construed as necessarily representing the views of the respective organization. The funding source did not have any involvement in the collection or analysis of the data.
- Access to care
- Innovative dental workforce model
- New dental provider