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Preparedness and willingness of dental care providers to treat patients with special needs

Authors Alumran A, Almulhim L, Almolhim B, Bakodah S, Aldossary H, Alakrawi Z

Received 24 June 2018

Accepted for publication 3 October 2018

Published 26 October 2018 Volume 2018:10 Pages 231—236

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CCIDE.S178114

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Christopher Okunseri


Arwa Alumran, Luloah Almulhim, Bainah Almolhim, Shouq Bakodah, Hessa Aldossary, Zahra Alakrawi

Health Information Management and Technology Department, College of Public Health, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Abstract: This study aimed to review the available literature about special needs dentistry, factors affecting treatment of patients with special needs, dental education, and the preparedness and willingness of dental care providers to treat patients with special needs. The study also aimed to assess the validity and reliability of available scales that measure the preparedness of dental care providers to treat patients with special needs. Forty studies from esteemed refereed journals were reviewed in this article. The topics in the study were relevant to special needs dentistry, Saudi Arabia, and dental care providers’ perceptions of treating patients with special needs. Reviewed studies were extracted from several electronic databases, such as PubMed and Medline. Studies in Saudi Arabia about special needs dentistry and the preparedness of dental care providers to treat patients with special needs are scarce. Further research in this area needs to be conducted in Saudi Arabia.

Keywords: oral health, dental education, quality of healthcare, social determinants of health

 
 

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