The Influence of Dentists' Profile and Health Work Management in the Performance of Brazilian Dental Teams

Suellen da Rocha Mendes, Renata de Castro Martins, Juliana Vaz de Melo Mambrini, Antônio Thomaz Gonzaga Matta-Machado, Grazielle Christine Mattos-Savage, Jennifer Elizabeth Gallagher, Mauro Henrique Nogueira Guimaraes de Abreu

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To evaluate the association between dentists' profile and health work management with the performance of primary care dental teams in the Brazilian National Health System, both nationally and regionally. Secondary data analysis from a Brazilian National Programme that evaluated 18,114 Brazilian dental teams, working in the public sector, between 2013 and 2014. Twenty-four independent variables taken from dentists' profile and dental team management characteristics were analysed to assess their influence on reported "dental team performance." An estimated score was generated from their performance on 20 dental procedures by an item response theory model. Multiple linear regression models were performed for each Brazilian geographical region, separately and for the whole of Brazil. p values ≤ 0.05 were considered significant. Two variables related to dentists' profile, "having graduate studies" (β = 0.151) and "undertaking continuing professional development training" (β = 0.101), were associated with enhanced dental team performance in all five Brazilian geographical regions and nationally. The dental team management variables of "having a flexible dental appointment list" (β = 0.218) and "monitoring oral health indicators" (β = 0.132) also contributed to improve team performance in each of the regions and nationally. Dentists' profile influenced the performance of dental teams from south region more than the other regions. The findings suggest that continuing professional development, including postgraduate education, and strategic management characteristics are important for primary dental care performance and should be reflected in health policy initiatives in support of quality care. Regional factors could be considered for health care management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8843928
Number of pages1
JournalBioMed Research International
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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