Journal article

Dental therapists: a global perspective

David A Nash, Jay W Friedman, Thomas B Kardos, Rosemary L Kardos, Eli Schwarz, Julie Satur, Darren G Berg, Jaafar Nasruddin, Elifuraha G Mumghamba, Elizabeth S Davenport, Ron Nagel

INTERNATIONAL DENTAL JOURNAL | F D I WORLD DENTAL PRESS LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

In 1921, New Zealand began training school dental nurses, subsequently deploying them throughout the country in school-based clinics providing basic dental care for children. The concept of training dental nurses, later to be designated dental therapists, was adopted by other countries as a means of improving access to care, particularly for children. This paper profiles six countries that utilise dental therapists, with a description of the training that therapists receive in these countries, and the context in which they practice. Based on available demographic information, it also updates the number of dental therapists practising globally, as well as the countries in which they practice...

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