Journal article

Dental therapists' expanded scope of practice in Australia: a 12-month follow-up of an educational bridging program to facilitate the provision of oral health care to patients 26 years

Matthew Hopcraft, Jacqueline M Martin-Kerry, Hanny Calache

Journal of Public Health Dentistry | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2015

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Prior to 2009, dental therapists' scope of clinical practice in Victoria was limited to patients 25 years or younger. However, increases in dental demand by adults 26+ years required an alternative approach to service delivery. This paper outlines the self-reported confidence and knowledge level of dental therapists at 3, 6, and 12 months postcompletion of an educational program aimed at providing them with the skills to treat adults aged 26+ years. The study also surveyed dentists in the practice about the dental therapists' knowledge and the impact of their extended scope of practice on the clinics' operation. METHODS: After completion of their educational program, the dental t..

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