Factors related to the willingness of Palestinian dentists to treat patients with blood-borne diseases

dc.contributor.authorKateeb, Elham
dc.contributor.authorAmer, Rafat
dc.contributor.authorBajali, Musa
dc.date.accessioned2019-01-16T09:50:21Z
dc.date.available2019-01-16T09:50:21Z
dc.date.issued2014-10-24
dc.description.abstractThis study aimed to explore, using groups of simulated patients, the willingness of Palestinian dentists to treat patients with blood-borne diseases. Simulated patients conducted a telephone survey of a random sample of dentists registered with the Palestinian Dental Association. A random system was used to assign dentists to one of two groups, in which simulated patients randomly identified themselves with either human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or hepatitis B virus (HBV) and asked for a dental appointment. Three-hundred and four dentists (76%) responded to our telephone survey. Sixty-six per cent accepted requests for appointments and 34% declined the appointment requests. Sixty-eight per cent of the dentists declined appointment requests from patients with HIV and 32% declined appointments from patients with HBV. Dentist’s gender, ‘blood-borne disease type’, ‘place of private practice’, ‘country of graduation’ and ‘years since graduation’ were all significant predictors in the final logistic model. More than one-third of our respondents declined appointment requests from patients with blood-borne disease, two-thirds of which were for patients who identified themselves as having HIV. Education and training programmes are needed to improve attitudes of dentists – especially female dentists, older dentists and dentists practising in northern governorates – towards patients with bloodborne diseases.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThe authors wish to thank Dr. Hussein Al-Rimawi for his statistical advice and Al Quds University dental class of 2008 for their participation in the study as simulated patients.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1875-595X
dc.identifier.urihttps://dspace.alquds.edu/handle/20.500.12213/4617
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherJohn Wiley & Sons A/Sen_US
dc.subjectDentisten_US
dc.subjecthuman immunodeficiency virusen_US
dc.subjectPalestineen_US
dc.subjectwillingnessen_US
dc.subjecthepatitis B infectionen_US
dc.subjectpatient-to-professional/prevention and controlen_US
dc.titleFactors related to the willingness of Palestinian dentists to treat patients with blood-borne diseasesen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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