Pediatric Dentists' Willingness to Participate in Practice Based Research
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Purpose: To determine the willingness of pediatric dentists to participate in practice based research networks (PBRNs) and the factors associated with their willingness. Methods: A questionnaire was sent to 337 pediatric dentists in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Montana. The questionnaire consisted of 29 questions regarding their willingness to participate in PBRNs, research topics of interest, resources utilized to make clinical decisions and demographic information. Bivariate analysis was used to test for demographic and educational factors associated with a willingness to participate. Odds ratios (OR) were estimated using logistic regression. Results: Of 337 surveys, 171 (51%) were returned. 74 (43%) pediatric dentists expressed a willingness to participate in PBRNs. The most common perceived barrier to participation was "lack of time to collect data in office" identified by 109 (64%) respondents. Younger age (p=0.01), greater number of regularly read scientific journals (p=0.04), frequent utilization of scientific web searches (p=0.05) or national dental meetings for practice guidance (p=0.001), and lack of concern about time to participate (p=0.01) or quality of data obtained in PBRN studies (p=0.03) were associated with increased willingness to participate. Caries prevention was the most important topic to have more research conducted in. Conclusions: The results of this study suggest that there is a broad base of pediatric dentists willing to participate in dental PBRNs. Younger age or greater utilization of certain practice guidance resources was associated with increased participation. Future PBRN recruitment should address provider concerns over lack of time to collect data in the office. Practitioner demand for additional research is in the area of caries prevention.
- Dentistry