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A descriptive study of how dentists view their profession and the doctor-patient relationship

Kulich, Karoly; Rydén, Olof LU and Bengtsson, Hans LU (1998) In Acta Odontologica Scandinavica 56(4). p.206-209
Abstract (Swedish)
In this article we report on how 64 dentists working in a big city in southern Sweden view their profession. The dentists ranged in age from 30 to 70 years (as it was indicated in intervals of 10 years). Their professional experience ranged from 2 to 44 years (mean, 23 years). We collected their views on the ideal skills of a good dentist by means of a questionnaire. From this material we identified three categories: 1) interpersonal skills; 2) clinical skills; and 3) others, such as self-confidence, stress tolerance, and managerial and administrative skills. Next, they rated the relative importance of a number of listed attributes in dentistry in this order: contact with patients, communication skills, empathy, manual skills, and theory.... (More)
In this article we report on how 64 dentists working in a big city in southern Sweden view their profession. The dentists ranged in age from 30 to 70 years (as it was indicated in intervals of 10 years). Their professional experience ranged from 2 to 44 years (mean, 23 years). We collected their views on the ideal skills of a good dentist by means of a questionnaire. From this material we identified three categories: 1) interpersonal skills; 2) clinical skills; and 3) others, such as self-confidence, stress tolerance, and managerial and administrative skills. Next, they rated the relative importance of a number of listed attributes in dentistry in this order: contact with patients, communication skills, empathy, manual skills, and theory. Finally, they described a number of aspects of their profession. We conclude that the importance of interpersonal skills, as well as stress tolerance and administrative skills, is emphasized by experienced practitioners but that these skills are not focused on in the dental curriculum. (Less)
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dental education, professional experience, professional identity
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Acta Odontologica Scandinavica
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56
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206 - 209
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Taylor & Francis
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1502-3850
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10.1080/00016359850142808
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  author       = {Kulich, Karoly and Rydén, Olof and Bengtsson, Hans},
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  language     = {eng},
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  series       = {Acta Odontologica Scandinavica},
  title        = {A descriptive study of how dentists view their profession and the doctor-patient relationship},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00016359850142808},
  volume       = {56},
  year         = {1998},
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