Researchers surveyed 6,500 active private practice dentists and evaluated the extent to which four new recommendations of the 2003 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health Care Settings had been implemented. The study assessed how implementation of the guidelines was related to demographic and educational characteristics of the dentists, including knowledge of the guidelines, implementation, and attitudes regarding their importance, sources of instruction regarding the guidelines and additional factors including state licensing requirements for infection control and available opportunities for continuing dental education.
Implementation and knowledge of the recommendations in the CDC 2003 infection control guidelines were neither complete nor uniform across dentists. Of the dentists surveyed, 34 percent had implemented zero or one recommendation, 40 percent had implemented two recommendations and 26 percent had implemented three or four recommendations. Dentists implemented more recommendations if infection control was important to the dentist personally, and if they had multiple exposures to the guidelines. These results suggest that CDC may want to target strategies to increase awareness of the importance of infection control among dentists and develop multiple modes of instructions on the guidelines.
Report Title: Factors Associated with Implementing CDC's “Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health Care Settings ─ 2003”
Accepted for publication: jada.ada.org
Agency Sponsor: CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Federal Contact: Jennifer Cleveland, 770-488-6066
Performer: Health, Social, and Economics Research, RTI International
Record ID: 9227 (Report issued September 29, 2010)