Assessing the Utilisation of TELedentistry from Perspectives of Early Career Dental Practitioners: Development of the UTEL Questionnaire

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Abstract

Teledentistry has allowed for the provision of dental care remotely. It has benefitted people living in regional, rural and remote communities. The use of teledentistry rapidly increased during the COVID-19 pandemic to minimise transmission risk while still allowing for the provision of care, especially during mandated lockdowns. This study aims to pilot and assess the validity of a questionnaire developed to understand early career dental practitioners’ opinions regarding teledentistry in Australia. Registered early career dental practitioners currently working in Australia were invited to participate. Participants were asked to respond to a series of questions regarding teledentistry on themes containing diagnosis, accessibility, patient care, technology and finances. In addition, participants were asked for feedback upon the conclusion of the questionnaire. A total of 23 dental practitioners (60% female, age range 20–34) participated in this study. Work experiences ranged from 0–10 years. A total of 18 participants worked in metropolitan areas, while five worked in regional areas. All participants used teledentistry for approximately 1–9 hours per week. Over 82% of participants believed that telehealth was effective for consultations, and over 90% believed it was more convenient than face-to-face consultations. However, over 78% believed teledentistry was ineffective for diagnosing complex dental cases. Over 95% of participants believed that teledentistry improved patient healthcare access and was beneficial during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. All participants believed that teledentistry was a useful tool for post-operative care, and over 86% of participants felt that patients accepted teledentistry. This questionnaire effectively determines the utilisation of teledentistry during a global pandemic from the perspective of early career dental practitioners.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth Information Science
Subtitle of host publication11th International Conference, HIS 2022 Virtual Event, October 28–30, 2022 Proceedings
EditorsAgma Traina, Hua Wang, Yong Zhang, Siuly Siuly , Rui Zhou, Lu Chen
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer
Chapter18
Pages189–196
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-20627-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-20626-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2022
Event11th International Conference on Health Information Science - Biarritz, France
Duration: 28 Oct 202230 Oct 2022

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
PublisherSpringer
Volume13705
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference11th International Conference on Health Information Science
Abbreviated titleHIS 2022
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityBiarritz
Period28/10/2230/10/22

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