“Public Attitudes Toward Dentists” A U. S. Household Survey Journal of American Dental Association November, 1995 Respondents’ Evaluations 1. How much trust or confidence would you say you have in dentists and physicians in general? DMD MD % Nome 2.0 2.8 A Little 13.4 13.9 Moderate Amount 49.6 56.9 Great Deal 35.0 26.4 Respondents’ Evaluations 2. How much respect would you say you have for the dental profession? None A Little Moderate Amount Great Deal 1.2% 8.4% 48.5% 41.8% Public’s Ratings of Eight Aspects of Care Rank Ordered 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8 Ethical conduct Diagnosis/Treatment Communication Prevention Sensitivity to cost Sensitivity to pain Appropriate use of technology Cooperation with other health care professionals Discussion • The public and dental profession both rated ethical conduct; diagnosis/treatment, communicating with patients and preventing disease as important aspects of care. • However, the public rated cost or care, appropriate use of technology and cooperation with other professionals high as well Discussion • The results of this study suggest that practitioners need to consider ways to make the cost of care more manageable, and to use advancing technology appropriately. • Improvement is needed in teaching dentists how to more effectively communicate with their patients. Both groups of respondents indicated patient communication was extremely important, however only 52% of the dentists believed they were well prepared to communicate effectively with patients.