Dangerousness and dentistry: An explanation of dentists' reactions and responses to the treatment of HIV-seropositive patients

Barry Gibson, Ruth Freeman

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Abstract

Factors which influence health professionals' willingness to treat HIV seropositive patients have been explained in terms of the concept of dangerousness. Can this concept be used as a vehicle to explain dentists' responses? All dentists currently in practice in Northern Ireland (n=664) were invited to take part in the study. A final valid response rate of 73.3% was achieved. Attitudes and behavioural aspects of dental practice were examined in relation to whether they had or had not treated and HIV seropositive patients. In addition correlation and factor analyses were conducted. The results indicated that the concept of 'dangerousness' provides a useful framework to explain dentists' attitudes and behaviours with respect to the provision of dental care for this patient group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-345
Number of pages5
JournalCommunity Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
Volume24
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1996

Keywords

  • AIDS
  • Dangerousness
  • Dental health care
  • HIV-positive

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