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An investigation of general dental practitioners' understanding and perceptions of minimally invasive dentistry
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
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  • Authors:
    Mirsiaghi F, Leung A, Fine PD, Blizard B, Louca C
  • Publisher:
    Nature Publishing Group
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  • Journal:
    British Dental Journal
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  • Keywords:
    Minimally invasive dentistry, Practitioner perceptions, Master's research project
Objectives- This study investigated General Dental Practitioners’ (GDPs) understanding and perceptions of Minimally Invasive Dentistry (MID) with a questionnaire based survey looking at GDPs currently practicing in the UK. Methods- Questionnaires were distributed to 170 GDPs. The questionnaire enquired about their: demographic details, postgraduate training in MID, number of years in clinical practice, working environment, perceptions of the methods and rationale for choice of restorative materials in clinical practice, and knowledge of MID. Results-87.6% (n=149) questionnaires were completed and returned. The results showed that only 28% of the participants responded to all the basic MID knowledge questions correctly, illustrating a general lack of basic contemporary understanding of MID amongst the GDPs. Logistic regression analysis of the data revealed a true correlation between knowledge of MID and the perception of knowing the subject. The analysis also showed that there was a statistically significant association between the respondents’ knowledge of MID, application of GV Black’s concepts and changes in MID approach since qualification, (p <0.05). There were no significant relationships between the knowledge score on studied scenarios and country of education, working environment, caries risk assessment, effect of caries risk assessment on treatment planning, effect of caries risk assessment on choice of restorative material, dietary assessment or fluoride usage. Conclusions- This study demonstrated that knowledge of MID amongst the cohort of UK GDPs in this study was generally poor. There is a need for further education in the field of MID.
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