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Article: Does a clinician's sex influence treatment decisions?

TitleDoes a clinician's sex influence treatment decisions?
Authors
Issue Date2011
PublisherQuintessence Publishing Co, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.quintpub.com
Citation
International Journal of Prosthodontics, 2011, v. 24 n. 6, p. 507-514 How to Cite?
AbstractPURPOSE: As more women are entering health professions, the health care system is becoming more feminized. This investigation evaluated gender differences in clinicians' treatment preferences and decision making in a complex treatment situation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A questionnaire was developed containing clinical cases and statements to assess practitioners' opinions on treatment of periodontally involved maxillary molars and implant therapy with sinus grafting. Data were analyzed with respect to the clinicians' sex, and an overall logistic regression was performed to further investigate possible influences of age, office location, and specialty. RESULTS: Three hundred forty questionnaires were evaluated (response rate: 35.1%). The mean age of female respondents (37%) was 42 years, and the mean age of male respondents was 46 years. Significantly fewer women reported performing implant placement (35% vs 63%), sinus grafting (16% vs 43%), and periodontal surgery (57% vs 68%). Female practitioners tended to refer more patients to specialists. Participants favored sinus grafting more often for their spouses than for themselves. Apart from a preference for regenerative periodontal surgery among women, no gender differences were observed for treatment decisions or views on general statements related to implant preference, tooth maintenance, or conventional reconstructive therapies. CONCLUSIONS: With similar expert knowledge, treatment decisions were made irrespective of sex. While the majority of male care providers performed complex therapies themselves, female clinicians referred more patients to specialists.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/143728
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.487
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.539
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dc.contributor.authorZitzmann, NUen_US
dc.contributor.authorZemp, Een_US
dc.contributor.authorWeiger, Ren_US
dc.contributor.authorLang, NPen_US
dc.contributor.authorWalter, Cen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-12-21T08:47:25Z-
dc.date.available2011-12-21T08:47:25Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of Prosthodontics, 2011, v. 24 n. 6, p. 507-514en_US
dc.identifier.issn0893-2174-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/143728-
dc.description.abstractPURPOSE: As more women are entering health professions, the health care system is becoming more feminized. This investigation evaluated gender differences in clinicians' treatment preferences and decision making in a complex treatment situation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A questionnaire was developed containing clinical cases and statements to assess practitioners' opinions on treatment of periodontally involved maxillary molars and implant therapy with sinus grafting. Data were analyzed with respect to the clinicians' sex, and an overall logistic regression was performed to further investigate possible influences of age, office location, and specialty. RESULTS: Three hundred forty questionnaires were evaluated (response rate: 35.1%). The mean age of female respondents (37%) was 42 years, and the mean age of male respondents was 46 years. Significantly fewer women reported performing implant placement (35% vs 63%), sinus grafting (16% vs 43%), and periodontal surgery (57% vs 68%). Female practitioners tended to refer more patients to specialists. Participants favored sinus grafting more often for their spouses than for themselves. Apart from a preference for regenerative periodontal surgery among women, no gender differences were observed for treatment decisions or views on general statements related to implant preference, tooth maintenance, or conventional reconstructive therapies. CONCLUSIONS: With similar expert knowledge, treatment decisions were made irrespective of sex. While the majority of male care providers performed complex therapies themselves, female clinicians referred more patients to specialists.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherQuintessence Publishing Co, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.quintpub.com-
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Prosthodonticsen_US
dc.subject.meshDecision Making-
dc.subject.meshDental Implantation, Endosseous - psychology - statistics and numerical data-
dc.subject.meshDentist's Practice Patterns-
dc.subject.meshDentists - psychology - statistics and numerical data-
dc.subject.meshSinus Floor Augmentation - psychology - statistics and numerical data-
dc.titleDoes a clinician's sex influence treatment decisions?en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailLang, NP: nplang@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityLang, NP=rp00031en_US
dc.identifier.pmid22146247-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-84855555526-
dc.identifier.hkuros198024en_US
dc.identifier.volume24en_US
dc.identifier.issue6en_US
dc.identifier.spage507en_US
dc.identifier.epage514en_US
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000297670100004-
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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