Dental Therapy Assistant: Effect on Team Productivity.
BROOKE ARMY MEDICAL CENTER FORT SAM HOUSTON TEX HEALTH CARE RESEARCH DIV
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The U.S. Army Dental Corps has implemented a formal program based on the concept that dental care can be more efficiently and effectively provided with treatment teams composed one dental officer, two dental therapy assistants DTAs, one basic assistant, and the shared support of other auxiliary personnel. Such a team will use three dental treatment rooms DTRs. The productivity of each of 15 test teams employing one dentist, one or two DTAs, one basic assistant, and two or three DTRs was compared with their productivity while working in the conventional manner--one dentist, one basic assistant and one DTR over a period of one year.
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