Association Between Dentist–Dental Hygienist Communication and Dental Treatment Outcomes

Tomoko Hamasaki, Hiroaki Kato, Takashi Kumagai, Akihito Hagihara

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Communication between physician and patient is critical in all fields of medicine, and various types of communication exist in healthcare settings. Cooperation among healthcare professionals is thought to be essential in providing high-quality services. Dental hygienists are key team members in the provision of dental care, and are known to play an important role in the health of their patients. This study aimed to determine the effect of communication between dentists and hygienists on patient satisfaction. Study subjects were dentists, patients, and dental hygienists, and we examined how dentist–dental hygienist communication affected patient outcome indices. A significant difference was observed only for satisfaction in terms of meeting expectations (p = 0.035). Results for patient satisfaction indicated significant differences in explanatory behavior in dentist–dental hygienist evaluations (p = 0.001). The results showed improved health and reduced fear, indicating significant differences for the dentist–dental hygienist evaluations in explanation behavior (p = 0.016). Our evaluation of the effects of dentist–dental hygienist communication on patient outcomes indicated a significant correlation, suggesting that inter-professional communication in the field of dentistry affects patient satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)288-297
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Communication
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 4 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Communication


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