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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 117-120

Comparison of patients perception of dental care offered by male or female dentist: Cross-sectional hospital based study

Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Medical Science and Technology, Khartoum, Sudan

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Elhadi Mohieldin Awooda
Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Medical Science and Technology, Khartoum
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DOI: 10.4103/2278-9626.163329

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Aim: To assess patient perception toward male or female dentists, whether gender stereotyping of dentists offering dental treatment played a role. The study then went further to investigate if patients reacted differently toward the dentist's gender when placed in certain situations. Materials and Methods: This study was conducted in Academy Dental Teaching Hospital, the total number of participants was 384 adult over 18 years male and female their number was equally divided. Data were collected by the use of a self-administered questionnaire. Questions were closed ended in which the patient had one of three options: male dentist, female dentist or no difference. The participants with experience of being treated by both a male and female dentist were only included. Data were analyzed using Chi-square test with a level of significance set at P < 0.05. Results: Overall there is no specific dentist gender preference among the studied population. With the decrease in patient's age an association was found concerning patients perception, the range of 18-39 years showed the highest percentage of preference toward a specific gender. More than half (62.2%) of patients stated that if given the choice, they would not choose a dentist gender of different sex. Conclusion: Gender was not an issue for patients when it came down to the treatment process, and it was however established that patients perceived certain characteristics represented specific dentist genders. Patients felt more relaxed when they were being treated by a female dentist, but felt male dentists showed more confidence during the treatment process.

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