Pediatric Dentists’ Attitudes and Behaviors towards Protective Stabilization Devices
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The purpose of this study was to assess the attitudes and behaviors of pediatric dentists towards protective stabilization devices (PSD). This study was a cross-sectional survey of the 2922 American Board of Pediatric Dentistry’s College of Diplomates. The survey was electronically mailed using UIC’s Redcap system. The adjusted response rate was 29%, and 805 of the 826 responses were used in the statistical analysis. Bivariate and multivariate statistical analysis revealed the following: Providers with a lower SES patient base were more likely to be accepting of PSD, and to report use of PSD, than providers with a higher SES patient base. Providers who perceived their patients’ parents to be more accepting of PSD were also found to be more accepting of PSD, and were more likely to report use of PSD than providers who perceived their patients’ parents to be less accepting of PSD. Providers with low patient volume were more accepting of PSD, and more likely to report use of PSD, than providers that reported a moderate or high patient volume. Female Providers were more likely than males to be accepting of PSD and also more likely to report PSD use. Providers that did not solely practice in private practice were more likely to be accepting of PSD use, and more likely to report use of PSD, than providers that practice solely in private practice. Providers from the North Central region were more likely to be accepting of PSD, and more likely to report use of PSD than the collective of other AAPD districts. Protective Stabilization Device use or non-use during residency was not found to be associated with current use or non-use of PSD or provider acceptance of PSD. Provider “Age” (Board Cohort) was not associated with acceptance of PSD or use of PSD. No variables were found to be retained in the multivariate model for provider acceptance of PSD. Providers with a Low SES patient base, Low Patient Volume, Female Gender, Providers that do not work solely in Private Practice, and the North Central AAPD Region were all retained in the multivariate model.