Doniger on questions in public; are patients satisfied with your care? 6 signs of patient stress

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

Has this happened to you? On a recent flight, a flight attendant found out that Dr. Sheri Doniger is a dentist and said to her, "I hate to do this to you, but I have a question." In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Doniger wonders, if patients have a concern after a dental procedure, why they wouldn't call their dentist? And it's OK to ask a "strange" dentist? Read her latest here.

While most patients are satisfied with their dental care, dentists are often unaware when patients are dissatisfied with some aspect of their treatment or visit, according to a new study that looked at how well patient satisfaction aligns with dentists' views. Read Contributing Editor Rabia Mughal's article here.

As a dental professional, you recognize that dental visits may be stressful for patients and try to alleviate that stress. But you also need to recognize signs of chronic stress in patients, because the symptoms can first appear in their mouths, according to Dr. Leslie Townsend. She presents six common signs that may indicate your patients are stressed-out. Read her article here.

Japanese researchers have found that several PET/CT parameters -- in particular, a ring-shaped area of FDG uptake -- are reliable predictors of survival for patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Results of their study were published in the April issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. Read it here.

Spring means dental conferences. Which are you attending? If you are going to be at CDA Presents in Anaheim, CA, let me know. I'd love to get your thoughts on what issues you'd like to see us cover. Also, look for our Imaging & CAD/CAM Insider tomorrow.

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