Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, H.P. Government Dental College and Hospital, Shimla, India
*Corresponding Author: Monika Mahajan, Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, H.P. Government Dental College and Hospital, Shimla, India.
Received: August 24, 2020; Published: October 14, 2020
Aim: The objective of present study was to assess factors contributing to patient satisfaction after orthodontic treatment as patient satisfaction is important for ensuring patients adherence in orthodontic treatment. This study also aims at exploring any difference gender wise in perception of the satisfaction with orthodontic treatment through a questionnaire.
Material and Methods: A total of 45 patients who had completed their fixed orthodontic treatment in the Department of Orthodontics, were selected. The number of female patients were 30 and male patients were 15 with the age of the patients from 12 to 28 years. At the end of the fixed orthodontic treatment i.e. after debonding a questionnaire to assess patients satisfaction with orthodontic care was given to the patient. The questionnaire had 65 questions which were placed under 7 subgroups. The patient had to answer as yes or no to the questions.
Results: Both sexes were comparable in their satisfaction in all subgroups except in the Doctor- patient relationship where the difference in male and female perception was statistical significant. Regression test showed that the effect of each subgroup individually on the post treatment satisfaction was statistically significant.
Conclusion: This study concludes that factors like the situational aspects of the orthodontic clinic; the improvement in dentofacial features, the psychosocial improvement and the dental function; pain and discomfort perceived by the patient during the course of the treatment; the doctor patient relationship; are significantly important in determining the post treatment satisfaction of the patient. On the basis of gender, difference is there in doctor - patient relationship.
Keywords: Orthodontics; Dental Function; Pain
Citation: Monika Mahajan. “Factors Affecting Patient Satisfaction in Fixed Orthodontic Patients. A Questionnaire Study". Acta Scientific Dental Sciences 4.11 (2020): 27-35.
Copyright: © 2020 Monika Mahajan. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.