Patient's Perception Regarding the Choice of Their Orthodontist: A Questionnaire Study

JOURNAL TITLE: Journal of Mahatma Gandhi University of Medical Sciences and Technology

Author
1. Priya R Sharma
2. Kamal Bajaj
3. Vikas Jharwal
4. Garima Gaur
5. Esha Nagpal
6. Siddharth Mehta
ISSN
DOI
10.5005/jp-journals-10057-0139
Volume
5
Issue
3
Publishing Year
2020
Pages
4
Author Affiliations
    1. Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics, Mahatma Gandhi Dental College and Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
    1. Department of Orthodontics, Mahatma Gandhi Dental College and Hospital, Mahatma Gandhi University of Medical Sciences and Technology, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
    1. Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics Mahatma Gandhi Dental College and Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan India
    1. Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics, Mahatma Gandhi Dental College and Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
    1. Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics Mahatma Gandhi Dental College and Hospital, Jaipur Rajasthan, India
    1. Department of Orthodontics, Mahatma Gandhi Dental College and Hospital, Mahatma Gandhi University of Medical Sciences and Technology, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
  • Article keywords
    Attire, Orthodontist, Perception

    Abstract

    The objective of this study was to evaluate parents’ preferences of the age, sex, appearance, and attire of orthodontists. Two subjects (one male and one female) were asked to pose for photographs wearing various combinations of attire (casual, scrubs, white coat, and formal), hairstyle. Survey participants were presented with choice sets and asked to select the most and least preferred provider photographs. A total of 100 orthodontic patients participated in the computer-based survey. The results indicated that there were significant differences due to provider sex (p = 0.0013), provider age (p < 0.0001), dress (p < 0.0001), and hair (p < 0.0001). The most preferred providers were the younger female and the older male. Formal attire or scrubs was the most preferred style of dress. There was also a preference for the provider to have his/her hair in a controlled style.

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