Current Dental Officer Practice and Utilization in the US Army.
Final rept. 15 Jan-1 Jun 79,
ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCES (ARMY) FORT SAM HOUSTON TX HEALTH CARE STUDIES DIV
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The proportion of the normal duty day devoted to direct and indirect patient care, continuing education, other duties, and absences by Army dental officers who are mentors, residents, or non-teaching specialists has been determined in an eariler study. Not known was this same information about Army dental officers who are full time clinicians. A survey was made among Army dentists of all ranks at ten different Army installations to determine this information. One hundred dentists submitted four weeks of data each. They noted the hours during both the normal duty day and and outside normal duty hours devoted to the various duty categories mentioned above. Results showed that Army dentists whose duty is full time clinician spent between 69 and 78 percent of their average work week providing direct patient care. Indirect patient care accounted for between 6 and 10 percent of their time during normal duty hours, and continuing education pursuits accounted for less than 2 percent of the normal duty week. The results of this study also indicated that Army dentists spend about four hours per week outside normal duty hours on duties related to their work, and that two-thirds of this time is for continuing education. Author
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