Use of Multiple Operatories in Dental Care Delivery.
ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCES (ARMY) FORT SAM HOUSTON TX DENTAL STUDIES OFFICE
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One hundred forty-seven 147 active dental clinics of the US Army Dental Care System were surveyed using a mail-in questionnaire on practices associated with the use of multiple dental treatment rooms DTRs. This data and information on the productivity of the 38 Dental Activities DENTACs, which supervise these clinics, were used to describe the extent of multiple DTR use and its relationship to productivity. Of 2546 DTRs included in the survey, 1306 51 were used in a multiple DTR mode of practice. Five hundred fifty-nine 559 of the 1082 surveyed dentists 52 used multiple DTR mode of practice while the average DENTAC has 62 of its dentists using the multiple mode. There are 63 dental clinics where the ratio of DTRs to dentists suggests the potential for increased use of multiple DTR mode. Productivity was significantly less in DENTACs where less than a third of the dentists were utilizing multiple DTR mode of practice. There appears to be a trend toward increased productivity with an increase in multiple DTR use by dentists. The measures of productivity in which significant differences were observed were unweighted dental procedures per dentist and Composite Time Value weighted dental procedures per dentist. It is recommended that managers of the Army Dental Care System encourage use of available operatories in a multiple mode as a means of improving productivity. Author
- Medicine and Medical Research