Maxillofacial prosthodontics practice profile: A survey of non-United States prosthodontists

Nina Ariani, Harry Reintsema, Kathleen Ward, Cortino Sukotjo, Alvin G. Wee*

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    Background: This study surveyed non-United States maxillofacial prosthodontists (MFP) to determine their practice profile and rationale for pursuing an MFP career.

    Methods: Email addresses for the MFP were obtained from the International Society for Maxillofacial Rehabilitation, American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics, and International Academy for Oral Facial Rehabilitation. Emails with a link to the electronic survey program were sent to each participant. Chi-square and Mann-Whitney-U tests were used to investigate the influence of formal MFP training on professional activities and type of treatments provided.

    Results: One hundred twelve respondents (response rate 39%) from 33 nationalities returned the survey. The top three reasons for pursuing an MFP career were personal satisfaction, prosthodontics residency exposure, and mentorship. The predominant employment setting was affiliation with a university (77%). There were significant differences between respondents with and without formal MFP training regarding provision of surgical treatments (P = 0.021) and dental oncology (P = 0.017). Most treatments were done together with otolaryngology, oral surgery (68%) and head and neck surgery (61%). Practitioners not affiliated with a university spent significantly more time in clinical practice (P = 0.002), whereas respondents affiliated with universities spent significantly more time in teaching/training (P = 0.008) and funded research (P = 0.015).

    Conclusions: Personal satisfaction is the most important factor in a decision to choose an MFP career. Most of the MFPs work at a university and within a multidisciplinary setting. There were differences regarding type of treatments provided by respondents with and without formal MFP training.

    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of otolaryngology-Head & neck surgery
    Issue number35
    Publication statusPublished - 27-Apr-2017


    • Prosthodontics
    • Oral oncology
    • Rehabilitation
    • Career decision
    • RETURN

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