Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Michele L. Darby
The purpose of this survey was to determine selected areas of risk in dental practices within the Commonwealth of Virginia. A self-designed, 51 item questionnaire was sent to a random sample of 300 Virginia dentists to examine their risk management procedures in: (1) the medical record and related documentation, (2) infection control, (3) identification and classification of periodontally involved patients, (4) obtaining informed consent, and (5) emergency protocols. Data from 62% of the dentists were analyzed via the chi-square goodness of fit test, frequency and percentage of responses. Results suggest that Virginia dental practitioners are practicing some of the recommended risk management techniques; however, discrepancies exist between what is recommended and what is being practiced in infection control, documentation and emergency protocols. This study provides a foundation for improving specific areas of dental risk management.
Boyce, Joanne S..
"Survey of Virginia Dental Practices to Determine Compliance With the Standards of Risk Management Theory"
(1990). Master of Science (MS), thesis, Dental Hygiene, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/z7dd-pv53