The British Dental Trade Association (BDTA) recently commissioned its annual â€˜Adoption of New Technologyâ€™ survey amongst members of the dental profession to gain the latest insight from dentists on their attitudes towards new dental technologies and training courses and providers.
Based on 225 completed surveys the results revealed some interesting insight on attitudes to and usage of technology products in dental practices, including the finding that more dentists surveyed in December 2011 had purchased intra oral cameras (47% vs. 41% 2009/10) and intra oral digital sensors (37% vs. 41% 2009/10). This trend looks set to continue as these are the products that dentists indicated they most intend to purchase in 2012 (13% intra oral digital sensors and 11% intra oral cameras).
Amongst other key findings, the research also revealed that almost three quarters (74%) have practice management software installed. Just over two thirds of which (67%) have had the software for over 12 months. Appointment making and patient record management are the activities for which most other computers within the surgery are used (85% appointment making and 81% record management). Overall use of chairside computers appears to have fallen, the only increase has been for image processing / storing (from 59% in 2009/10 to 65% 2010/11).
The BDTA would like to thank all those who took the time to participate in the research. A Â£2.50 contribution to Bridge2Aid has been made by the BDTA for every survey completed. A further donation of Â£250 was made to the National Mountain Rescue for England and Wales, on behalf of Carrie Poole, of Penistone Dental Practice, whose completed survey was chosen at random.
The full survey results are available to BDTA members at http://www.bdta.org.uk/bdta-area.htmlFor more information on the BDTA please call 01494 782873 or visit www.bdta.org.uk.