Reports the findings of a study investigating rural
dentist issues, such as demography, training, practice
characteristics, staff, and job satisfaction, in Alabama,
California, Maine, and Missouri. Generally, dentists and
their work patterns were similar across the four states.
Dentist practices varied dramatically across states
regarding staffing patterns. Vacancy rates for dental
hygienists varied greatly from state to state, ranging
from 35 percent to 6 percent, while dental assistant
vacancy rates varied from 12 percent to 4 percent.
Dentist Medicaid participation and volume differed widely
across the states. The majority of dentists in the four
states were satisfied with their professional life, but
the percentage who felt they were too busy or not busy
enough varied widely among the states.