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The Orthodontic Patients’ Motivation to Recommend Doctors vs. Advertisement in the Dental Practice

Yulia Bogdanova Peeva*

Department of Social Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Public Health, Medical University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria

*Corresponding Author:
Yulia Bogdanova Peeva
Department of Social Medicine and Public Health,
Faculty of Public Health, Medical University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Tel: 032 602-889
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: December 19, 2018; Accepted Date: December 29, 2018; Published Date: December 31, 2018

Citation: Peeva YB (2018) The Orthodontic Patients’ Motivation to Recommend Doctors vs. Advertisement in the Dental Practice. J Ora Med Vol.2 No.3:10.

 
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Abstract

The success of orthodontic treatment depends on both the correct clinical assessment and a number of social factors. The most significant among them are the health motivation of the patient, the family health culture and the social attitudes towards a positive result of the treatment. The aim of the study was to identify what is the motivation of patients to recommend orthodontist among their friends. It was hypothesized, that there would be significant correlations among treatment-outcome satisfaction, motivation, and expectations. Materials and methods: A sample of 259 patients who received orthodontic treatment completed a questionnaire. The average age of children is 12.56 ± 3.14 years, respectively 12.38 ± 3.22 for boys and 12.69 ± 3.07 for girls, P> 0.05. The questionnaire includes four basic tools in conducting an orthodontic study: (A) Functional Limitations (FL); (B) Oral Symptoms (OS); (C) Emotional Well-being (EW); (D) Social Wellbeing (SW). Results: The age of 9-12-year-old is the most sympathetic and closest to the dentist’s effort group, P = 0.01 (χ2= 8.38). There is a statistically significant difference in the attitudes of children from different age groups - P = 0.015, χ2 = 8.38 and understanding to shared responsibility for oral health protection P = 0.12 χ2 = 5.77, df = 3. Children show high awareness and desire to protect their personal health. Conclusions: There are many different factors that would determine the dentistpatient relationships as excellent. The emotional investment in a long-term and quality service requires a lot of patience and empathy from the dentist, educational approach but not only to the children, also to the parents, treatment without push, etc. Additional factors are relaxed and friendly atmosphere; respect the personality of the patient, an attempt to escape from the clinical setting through game moments and conversations. More important than talking, however, is the ability of the dentist to hear what the patient says and avoid the paternalistic pattern of behavior.

Keywords

Orthodontic patients; Dental practice; Social factors

Introduction

According to the literature review, the incidence of orthodontic anomalies and deformities is too high, and many children and parents are looking for orthodontist to solve serious functional and aesthetic problems. Most often, they see their problem too late and cannot be treated with anything other than fixed technique. And this is a problem, not for other reasons, but because the fixed orthodontic treatment is too expensive and most of the parents cannot afford it. Unfortunately, the general practitioner dentist who is uncompetitive with regard to orthodontic malocclusions is also actively involved in this process.

By the Bulgarian orthodontist’s opinion, work, motivation and discussion of problems with the patient and his / her parents will lead to raising the level of patient's health intelligence and will place high demands on their treatment [1].

On the other hand, world orthodontic literature lays down the 21st century as a century of aging orthodontics. This is due to new innovative treatment techniques as well as to demographic changes with the average age patients, which is increasing worldwide [2].

A serious discussion sets out the factors that can contribute to disturbing normal physician-patient relationships. Several are the main theories that discuss the success of orthodontic treatment:

1. Health culture and patient’s awareness;

2. Current knowledge and competence of the dental practitioners, about the modern methods of treatment with fixed orthodontic appliances; Active prophylactic examinations for the detection of orthodontic malocclusions. According to a lot of Bulgarian orthodontists, this check - up is purposeful [1,3];

3. Inequality of access and quality of orthodontic services [1,4].

Providing information is an essential part of healthcare. Studies by leading Bulgarian researchers show that the dentist takes a substantial part in the patient's health education. According to them, the following basic principles are laid down in health education:

1. Social orientation - health behavior is formed with the patient by revealing the social determinants of health and illness;

2. Mass - health education must reach to all into society and is the basis of dental practitioner’s behavior;

3. Popularity - the language of communication between orthodontist and the patient should be understandable;

4. Scientific - health education must be scientifically based;

5. Accuracy - patient’s awareness should address current health problems;

6. Concurrency - combining important health issues for the patient;

7. Emotionality - health education must cause emotions in the patient; to induce a need for change in health behavior;

8. Optimism - if the treatment is started in a timely manner and is conducted systematically, optimal results for the patient will be achieved;

9. Focus - health education is an integral part of prevention and prophylaxis. It creates health knowledge, habits and skills to strengthen the physical and psychological resistance of the body;

10. Systematicity, continuity and consistency - the formation of a health culture is a complex and prolonged process that requires continuous actions in health education [1,3].

Methods of health awareness are limited to the following groups

• Methods with predominance of oral speech;

• Methods with predominance of the printed word;

• Methods with predominance of visual elements;

• Combined methods [4-6].

Data in the literature suggests that in the recent years, patients often use the internet to supplement their awareness. The information in the media may be inaccurate, misleading or inappropriate. Scientists are supposed to provide reliable and relevant sites for targeting relevant Internet sources. Discussion of problems in Internet forums, additional information, second opinion or support is a very small part of the possibilities of the Internet. People often seek confirmation that the right decision was made even by strangers just because they were subjected to the same treatment [7,8].

Materials and Methods

Personal questionnaire has been composed based on the literature review for the pilot study of parents (n=50). The inquiry card consists of 36 questions (open, closed and mixed):

1. Socio-demographic characteristics;

2. The role of the medical school and general practitioners;

3. Parents attitudes for orthodontic treatments;

4. Awareness for orthodontic treatment;

5. Financing tools of orthodontic treatment.

Most studies over subjective experiences of patients in orthodontic treatment have been conducted using questionnaires to assess oral health and anxiety - SF-36, MHI-5, CHQ-12 [3,9].

Epidemiological method

In this study we have used a descriptive epidemiology and a cross-sectional design to determine the health awareness of parents under the influence of various external factors. The individual characteristics and material and educational status have been taken into account for the parents. The collected data have allowed finding out whether awareness is changing under the influence from family, school or dentists.

Sociological method

Survey method interview: Sociological information is collected by conducting a standard individual interview and direct individual questionnaire for parents. In this study, we have been used the following indices:

• VAS (Visual Analogue Scale);

• IOTN (Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need) [3,7]. The IOTN index, known and applicable in other countries, has been validated by a Bulgarian orthodontist Petrunov V. to carry out epidemiological data of tooth-jaws deformities and to improve the oral health status of children in the country [3].

Documentary method: For the purpose of the scientific study, data from Regional Health Inspectorate - Plovdiv have been used about the number of dentists distributed in the respective practices and centers.

Statistical method

The data have been processed using specialized statistical product IBM SPSS 19.0 for Windows. It has been applied to the following statistical analysis:

• Analysis of the frequency distribution;

• Nonparametric analysis - to assess the hypotheses (criterion of Pearson agreement);

• Regression analysis - α-factor Kronbach;

• Graphical analysis - results has been performed in EXCEL 2007.

A sample of 259 patients who received orthodontic treatment completed a questionnaire. The average age of children is 12.56 ± 3.14 years, respectively 12.38 ± 3.22 for boys and 12.69 ± 3.07 for girls, P> 0.05. Socio-demographic characteristics of children are presented on Table 1:

Table 1 Age-gender distribution.

Age (years) Gender Total % Sp
Boys (n) % Sp Girls (n) % Sp
7 6 5.00 1.99 5 3.68 1.61 11 4.26 1.26
8 7 5.83 2.14 5 3.68 1.61 12 4.65 1.31
9 18 15.00 3.26 14 10.29 2.61 32 12.40 2.05
10 17 14.17 3.18 21 15.44 3.10 38 14.73 2.21
11 7 5.30 2.14 13 9.56 2.52 20 7.75 1.66
12 1 0.83 0.83 9 6.52 2.10 10 3.88 1.20
13 7 5.83 2.14 4 2.90 1.43 12 4.26 1.26
14 17 14.17 3.18 19 13.97 2.97 36 13.95 2.16
15 20 16.67 3.40 20 13.97 2.97 40 15.12 2.23
16 8 6.67 2.28 14 10.29 2.61 22 8.53 1.74
17 6 5.00 1.99 8 5.88 2.02 14 5.43 1.41
18 6 5.00 1.99 7 4.41 1.76 13 4.65 1.31
Total 121 46.72 3.11 138 53.28 3.11 259 100.00 -

Table 1 gives information on the gender and age of the children who participated in the study, allocated for each year from 7 to 18 years. There is also a distribution of the relative proportions by gender for the children: 53.28 ± 3.11% are girls and 46.72 ± 3.11% - boys.

The highest relative share in girls was observed in the age of 10 years (15.44 ± 3.1%), for boys this was 15 years of age (16.67 ± 3.4%), P <0.05 (χ2 = 12.22). This result allows age and gender to be commented on as factors that are relevant to meeting the optimal deadlines for orthodontic treatment.

Results

The conditions that form an optimal physician-patient relationship are a lot. In modern dental practice, putting the abstract framework of ethical principles helps to achieve basic relationships with patients. Dental doctors, in order to be competitive on the market, must offer highly specialized services and not just to help the patient, but also to be able to keep their tone and their wonderful mood, despite the fact that they are overwhelmed. Fatigue is a natural consequence of the overcompetency of the orthodontist. Therefore, however strange it may seem, for the optimal physician-patient relationship, the greatest contribution to dental practice brings the investment into quality staff [10,11].

In the second question from children’s questionnaire “Do you like to visit the dentist?” the following results are presented at Table 2:

Table 2 Opinion of the children who answered the question "Do you like to visit your dentist?"

Gender Wish to visit dentist Without wish Can’t decide Total
n % Sp n % Sp n % Sp n % Sp
Boys 65 25.19 2.70 41 15.89 2.28 15 5.81 1.46 121 46.90 3.11
Girls 51 19.77 2.48 70 27.13 2.77 16 6.20 1.46 137 53.10 3.11
Total 116 44.96 - 111 43.02 - 31 12.02 - 258 100.0 -

The typical characteristics of dental practice are to achieve a clinical outcome (positive) for the patient, to optimize aesthetics and personal satisfaction with the work done by the doctor. The first two quality features relate to patients, and the third one is very important to the dentist.

Workplace relationships that affect patients can also determine the attitude of the patient with whom he attends dental practice. From Table 2 it is clear that when the attitude of visit is related to the parent's expressed and discussed fear, this further exacerbates the negative expectations of the child itself [12-14].

The patient’s motivation to advertise and refer doctor to his friends is perhaps the most essential in terms of satisfaction with the results achieved. Trust is very difficult to achieve and is easily lost and how to build it when patient relationships include payment of dental services [13].

In most countries, the payment of orthodontic services is a normal practice, not surprising for the patient. In Bulgaria, after the collapse of communism and the introduction of market relations, dentists were placed in a situation that demanded pay (too high for the standards at that time) and consequently led to the open dissatisfaction of the patients. In their (patients) protection is necessary to comment fact that the whole population of the country did not pay for any health services for 45 years. On the other hand, the dentist leaves the impression into society that with the smile, the friendly appearance, the clean clothes, and above all - the ease with which he works, wants too much money for healing. Thus, in society becomes mostly negative attitude stowards the personality of the dentist, who such performs a highly specialized activity and he does his jobs as well.

Against the backdrop of these attitudes towards the dental profession, the patient is highly valued to keep the time the dentist spends to educate and promote oral hygiene and eating habits. Ethical relationships become a first class when the patient understands that the dentist seeks to guide him with all his behavior to the prevention and prophylaxis of oral diseases rather than for higher payment.

Therefore, family-based health habits have a definite impact on the child's understanding of the need for visits to the dental office. The responsibility of parents is high, both in educating hygienic habits and in forming a friendly attitude towards the dentist. The personal example is perceived unconditionally, and the preliminary conversation in the family is of utmost importance when discussing the child's consent for the upcoming treatment at Figure 1. are presented the distribution of data for children which answered the question “Do you trust your dentist?”. The graphic shows also their distribution per age from 7 to 18 years:

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Figure 1: The children’s trust when visiting dentist.

The data presented at Figure 1 shows that children who wish and trust their dentist are 44.62 ± 3.08%. According to literature data, the parents of these children accept calmly and confidently dental treatment. In addition, however, other oral health researchers have sought a specific link between the orthodontic past of parents and child motivation in the orthodontic treatment [2,7,13]. This concept was introduced for the first time in 1968 by Lewit & Virolinen.

On particular interest are the results where it conceals the idea of improving oral health through self-regulating behaviors. And for the present study, the self-assessment of the child is very important. There are distinct views in the literature that personal example given by the dentist is very important recent days [1,4,10,15]. It’s important because the doctor can educate behavioral, hygienic, educational, and other habits in their patients.

Conclusion

For the optimal physician-patient relationship, the greatest contribution to dental practice brings the investment into quality staff.

The typical characteristics of dental practice are to achieve a clinical outcome (positive) for the patient, to optimize aesthetics and personal satisfaction with the work done by the doctor.

The patient’s motivation to advertise and refer doctor to his friends is perhaps the most essential in terms of satisfaction with the results achieved. There should be no question that referrals are the lifeblood of the orthodontic practice. That’s why the respect and honest approach to the patient is from the first necessity. The challenge is how to keep the best patientphysician relationships when the practice?

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