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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 737-741

The dentist-patient relationship - A review


1 Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, The Oxford Dental College, Bengaluru, India
2 P.G. Student, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, The Oxford Dental College, Bengaluru, India
3 Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, The Oxford Dental College, Bengaluru, India

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N Vanishree
Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, The Oxford Dental College, Bengaluru
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The dentist-patient relationship has long been assumed to be a straightforward association and encounter between an expert in medicine and a person in need of dental care. In the last decade, rapid changes in the health care delivery system and the social climate have resulted in considerable strain on this relationship. These factors include the ethical standards of dentists, the communication between dentists and patients, and their shared responsibilities of decision-making. Much patient dissatisfaction and many complaints are due to breakdown in the dentist-patient relationship. Therefore the scope of this article is to review the behavioral researches published mainly in the past two decades especially on patient-dentist relationship, dental anxiety, communication and patients' satisfaction.


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