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Type: Journal article
Title: Responsibility loadings for dental services by general dentists
Author: Brennan, D.
Spencer, A.
Citation: BMC Health Services Research, 2010; 10(1):1-6
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd.
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 1472-6963
1472-6963
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David S. Brennan and A. John Spencer
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Responsibility loadings determine relative value units of dental services that translate services into a common scale of work effort. The aims of this paper were to elicit responsibility loadings for a subset of dental services and to relate responsibility loadings to ratings of importance of the components of responsibility. METHODS: Responsibility loadings and ratings of components of responsibility were collected using mailed questionnaires from a random sample of Australian private general practice dentists in 2007 (response rate = 77%). RESULTS: Median responsibility loadings were 1.25 for an initial oral examination and for a 3+-surface amalgam restoration, 1.50 for a simple extraction and for root canal obturation (single canal), and 1.75 for subgingival curettage (per quadrant). Across the five services coefficients from a multivariate logit model showed that ratings of importance of knowledge (0.34), dexterity (0.24), physical effort (0.28) and mental effort (0.48) were associated with responsibility loadings (P < 0.05). CONCLUSIONS: The elicited median responsibility loadings showed agreement with previous estimates indicating convergent validity. Components of responsibility were associated with loadings indicating that components can explain and predict responsibility aspects of dental service provision.
Keywords: Humans; Multivariate Analysis; General Practice, Dental; Relative Value Scales; Workload; Australia; Female; Male; Surveys and Questionnaires; Practice Patterns, Dentists'
Description: Extent: 6p.
Rights: © 2010 Brennan and Spencer; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative© 2010 Brennan and Spencer; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
RMID: 0020100601
DOI: 10.1186/1472-6963-10-177
Grant ID: http://purl.org/au-research/grants/nhmrc/627037
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