Healthcare Policy

Healthcare Policy 18(3) February 2023 : 72-83.doi:10.12927/hcpol.2023.27033
Research Paper

Dentist Disciplinary Action: What Do Dentists Get in Trouble for?

Ai-Leng Foong-Reichert, Sherilyn K.D. Houle, Zubin Austin, David J. Edwards and Kelly A. Grindrod


Objective: This study aims to determine the reasons for disciplinary action, the consequences and any associations with demographic factors for Canadian dentists.

Methods: Publicly available regulatory body disciplinary action cases from 10 Canadian provinces were coded. Demographic factors were also coded.

Results: There were 344 dentist cases from five provinces between January 2010 and December 2020. The rate of disciplinary action was low (1.38 cases/1,000 practitioners/year). Clinical incompetence was the most common category of disciplinary action, followed by professional misconduct and dishonest business practices. Male dentists were overrepresented in the disciplinary action cases compared to the rest of the workforce.

Conclusion: This study is the first, to our knowledge, to describe the outcomes of regulatory body disciplinary action for Canadian dentists.



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