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Title Weak Evidence Indicates That Anxious Patients Prefer A Male Dentist To A Female Dentist
Clinical Question Do patients with dental anxiety prefer a female dentist over a male dentist?
Clinical Bottom Line Dental patients who label themselves as anxious report that they prefer a male dentist over a female dentist. (See Comments on the CAT below)
Best Evidence (you may view more info by clicking on the PubMed ID link)
PubMed ID Author / Year Patient Group Study type
(level of evidence)
#1) 15520236Bare/2004121 male (27 percent) and female (73 percent) undergraduate students and faculty, 50% (61) of which reported some degree of dental anxietyPatient survey
Key resultsOf those surveyed who reported having dental anxiety, 8% (5) reported preferring a female dentist, while 77% (47) reported preferring a male dentist.
Evidence Search "Dental anxiety"[MeSH] AND patient preferences
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The Evidence
This evidence this article presented is relatively low quality. The data was obtained solely from subjective self-reports on a paper survey. The questionnaire was created by a dental student and was only tested for clarity on two other students and two faculty members.
Applicability Though this evidence is weak, it does suggest that anxious patients may prefer a male dentist. This is something I could use in my practice on my patients as, being female, I may want to spend a little extra time and effort reassuring my anxious patients.
Specialty/Discipline (General Dentistry)
Keywords dental anxiety, patient preferences
ID# 532
Date of submission: 03/26/2010spacer
E-mail samuelsen@livemail.uthscsa.edu
Author Laura Samuelsen
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Faculty mentor/Co-author John P. Hatch, PhD
Faculty mentor/Co-author e-mail hatch@uthscsa.edu
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by Brian Hutchings (San Antonio, TX) on 04/16/2012
I completed a PubMed search on April 2012 for this topic. The publication currently listed under the CAT is the most recent and of the highest level of evidence available.

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