COMPARISON OF DENTAL STAFF'S ATTITUDE TOWARD THE SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS PATIENTS BETWEEN THE SPECIAL DENTAL CLINIC AND THE GENERAL DENTAL CLINIC
대한장애인치과학회지, Vol.9(2) : 85~90, 2013
The aim of this research is to compare the attitude toward the special needs of dental staffs between the special dental clinic (SDC) and the general dental clinic (GDC). Surveys were done on 21 dental staffs (7 dentists and 14 dental hygienists) of SDC and 47 dental staffs (10 dentists and 37 dental hygienists) of GDC. Attitudes were rated on a questionnaire with the five-point Likert scale. Mann-Whitney test was utilized for statistical analysis. In SDC, more female dentists and dental staffs who have relatives with disability were working. Dental staffs of SDC showed that the more experience they had, the more positive attitudes toward the communication with the patients with special needs (p<0.05). Dental staffs of SDC represented more active attitudes toward the oral health promotion, treatment, research and volunteering (p<0.05). In conclusion, dental staffs who have personal motivation were working in SDC and the experience of dental treatment to the patients with special needs influenced the dental staffs` attitudes toward them. In future, a research about the attitude toward the disabled with more exact scale should be followed.