Differences between Asian-American and white American dentists in attitudes toward treatment of HIV-positive patients

Karen Raphael, Carol Kunzel, Donald Sadowsky

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In a survey of Asian (n = 115) versus white (Caucasian) (n = 920) dentists practicing in two boroughs of New York City, Asian dentists expressed significantly more negative attitudes toward and more unwillingness to treat HIV-positive patients than did white dentists. Despite this consistent pattern across most survey items, the two groups were more similar regarding perceptions of professional obligation and their colleague's willingness to treat those with HIV. In an examination of the influence of acculturation processes on these attitudes, a comparison of attitude differences among the subgroup of Asian dentists receiving their dental education in the United States versus abroad showed some differences, with Asian dentists educated outside the United States expressing somewhat more negative attitudes. As Asian Americans become increasingly represented among practising dentists in the United States, their relative unwillingness to treat HIV-positive patients may have an impact on access to oral health care among HIV-positive persons living in the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-164
Number of pages10
JournalAIDS Education and Prevention
Volume8
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1996

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Differences between Asian-American and white American dentists in attitudes toward treatment of HIV-positive patients. / Raphael, Karen; Kunzel, Carol; Sadowsky, Donald.

In: AIDS Education and Prevention, Vol. 8, No. 2, 04.1996, p. 155-164.

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