Date of Award

Spring 2011

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Dental Hygiene

Committee Director

Deanne Shuman

Committee Member

Michele Darby

Committee Member

Anna Jeng


The purpose of this study was to determine if Jordanian dentists have knowledge about eco-friendly dental offices strategies and were employing these in their dental practices. Male and female dentists between the ages of 23–65, who work in private dental practices in the city of Amman, the capital of Jordan, were included in this study. Dentists' names and addresses were obtained from the Jordanian Dental Association. Data for this study was gathered via a researcher-designed questionnaire distributed to a convenience sample of 150 dentists. Dentists were selected according to their dental practice locality until the required number was completed. The questionnaire consists of three sections: information on subjects' age, gender, income, education level, and time of practice were obtained from the first section; information about Jordanian dentists' knowledge and implementation of eco-friendly strategies; and information about Jordanian dentists' perceived barriers to implementation of eco-friendly strategies. Data were processed using SPSS computer program. Frequencies and percentages were used to summarize categorical data and chi-square was used to analyze nominal data. Sample profile included 73% were between 23–40 years of age; 67% were males, and 33% were females; 54% earned between $500–$1000 a month; 81% had university degree, 82% reported 1–19 years in practice. In terms of knowledge and implementation, the majority of Jordanian dentists have high knowledge and low implementation about eco-friendly dental office strategies. Cost and no advantages from the government were the most identifiable barriers to implement these strategies. The chi-square analysis revealed statistically significant relationships between the knowledge about eco-friendly dental office strategies and Jordanian demographic characteristics. Limited association was found between the implementation of eco-friendly dental office strategies and Jordanian demographic characteristics. No research could be found related to Jordanian dentists' knowledge and implementation of eco-friendly strategies. This research provides the decision maker with evidence-based information about this topic.





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