Date of Award

Spring 1990

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Dental Hygiene

Committee Director

Michele L. Darby

Committee Member

Deanne Shuman

Committee Member

Gregory Frazer

Committee Member

Pamela Zarkowski


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.



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