CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Eur J Dent 2018; 12(04): 508-515
DOI: 10.4103/ejd.ejd_184_18
Original Article
Dental Investigation Society

A cross-sectional study of dentists about the need for a practice management course in undergraduate dental program

Muhammad Ashraf Nazir
1  Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
,
Faisal Izhar
2  Department of Community and Preventive Dentistry, College of Dentistry, FMH College of Medicine and Dentistry, Lahore, Pakistan
,
Kalsoom Tariq
2  Department of Community and Preventive Dentistry, College of Dentistry, FMH College of Medicine and Dentistry, Lahore, Pakistan
,
Khalid Mehmood Anjum
3  College of Dentistry, FMH College of Medicine and Dentistry, Lahore, Pakistan
,
Zaid Bin Sohail
3  College of Dentistry, FMH College of Medicine and Dentistry, Lahore, Pakistan
,
Khalid Almas
1  Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
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Publication History

Publication Date:
23 September 2019 (online)

  

ABSTRACT

Objective: To evaluate dentists' opinions about the need for a practice management course in the undergraduate dental program. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in 2017 on practicing dentists in Lahore, Pakistan. A self-administered pilot-tested questionnaire was distributed among 588 dentists using a convenience sampling method to obtain their responses about the need for a practice management course. Descriptive statistics and bivariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses were performed. Results: About 83.8% of 588 dentists completed the questionnaires. There were 36.7% of males and 63.3% of females (mean age 26.22 ± 4.8 years). The principles of patient management (94.1%), time management skills (90.3%), and teamwork (89.2%) were the most commonly agreed topics of the practice management course. The least agreed topics included office design (59.2%), health-care systems (60.9%), and inventory systems (69%). Most participants (74.4%) thought that a practice management course is required to successfully manage a dental practice, and 63% recommended to include the course in the dental curriculum. Multivariate logistic regression showed that dentists working in private clinic (odds ratio (OR): 3.35, P = 0.001), dentists with graduation within ≤ past 5 years (OR: 3.64, P = 0.001), and dentists who attended a practice management course (OR: 3.12, P = 0.001) were more likely to agree to the need of a practice management course to successfully run a dental office. Conclusion: Most dentists believed that a practice management course is required for a successful dental practice. The development and implementation of such a course should be based on the feedback from dentists to ensure evidence-based approaches.