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J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2009 May-Jun;16(3):409-12. doi: 10.1197/jamia.M2827. Epub 2009 Mar 4.

Are Chinese dentists ready for the computerization of dentistry? A population investigation of China's metropolises.

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  • 1Department of Prostthodontics, School of Stomatology, Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei, China.


The authors studied current levels of computerization in dental clinics and the attitudes of dentists towards dental computerization in metropolises in China. A survey consisting of 22 questions was e-mailed or mailed to a random sample of 354 dentists. Of all respondents, 80.5% reported using a computer in their practice. The authors found that administrative tasks were the first to be computerized. A majority of respondents supported the statement that computerization is a benefit to patient care. The authors found that the computerization of dental clinics in Chinese metropolises is a few years behind that of western nations.

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