Using continuous heart rate monitoring to investigate anxiety and its communication with the dentist-patient interaction

R. Freeman (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Abstract

The importance of communication within the dentist-patient relationship has long been recognised with regard to patient satisfaction and anxiety. However there has been little research into the anxiety experienced by both patient and dentist during the administration of dental treatment nor how such affects are perceived and communicated within the dentist-patient interaction. The study reported here, examined affective communication between dental students (n = 16) and their patients (n = 64) by using continuous and simultaneous cardiovascular monitoring during an entire dental treatment session. The data was analysed using stepwise regression analysis together with the development of a measure of emotionality in order to understand the communication of anxiety during dental treatment procedures. The results suggested that anxiety was communicated between dental operator and patient but was dependent on the degree of clinical experience of the operator.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-318
Number of pages12
JournalPsychology & Health
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 1989

Keywords

  • anxiety
  • Dentist-patient communication
  • gender
  • heart-rate monitoring
  • professionalisation

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