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Acceptance and Use of Protective Stabilization Devices by Pediatric Dentistry Diplomates in the United States

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Purpose: To assess acceptance and use of protective stabilization devices (PSD) by Pediatric Dentistry Diplomates.

Methods: Surveys were electronically mailed in 2013 to 2922 members of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry's (ABPD) College of Diplomates. Bivariate (assessing provider personal and practice characteristics) and multivariate analyses were performed on reported acceptance and use of PSD.

Results: Response rate was 28 percent. Providers more likely to report acceptance and use of PSD were those in practices with lower SES patient base, where there was the perception that patients' parents were more accepting of PSD, and those with low patient volume. Provider who were more likely to report acceptance and use of PSD were female, not working solely in private practice, and from Southeast or North Central regions of the U.S. Neither PSD use during residency nor ABPD Board cohort (<2009 versus 2009-2013) was associated with current acceptance or PSD use. Upon multivariate assessments of practice and personal characteristics, only perception of parent acceptance was associated with provider acceptance whereas perception of parental acceptance, practitioner sex and practice setting were associated with provider use of PSD.

Conclusions: Practitioner sex, practice setting, region, and perception of parental acceptance are all important factors related to PSD acceptance and use.
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Keywords: PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY; PHYSICAL RESTRAINT/METHODS; PRACTICE PATTERN; SPECIALTY BOARD; UNITED STATES

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Private practice, Colorado Springs, Colo., USA 2: Department of Pediatric Dentistry, College of Dentistry, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Ill., USA. [email protected] 3: Department of Pediatric Dentistry, College of Dentistry, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Ill., USA 4: College of Dental Medicine, Midwestern University, Downers Grove, Ill., USA 5: Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Service, College of Dentistry, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Ill., USA

Publication date: May 1, 2016

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  • Acquired after the merger between the American Society of Dentistry for Children and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in 2002, the Journal of Dentistry for Children (JDC) is an internationally renowned journal whose publishing dates back to 1934. Published three times a year, JDC promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. It covers a wide range of topics related to the clinical care of children, from clinical techniques of daily importance to the practitioner, to studies on child behavior and growth and development. JDC also provides information on the physical, psychological and emotional conditions of children as they relate to and affect their dental health.
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