J Korean Acad Oral Health.  2021 Jun;45(2):64-70. 10.11149/jkaoh.2021.45.2.64.

A qualitative study on the evaluation of the registered dentists’ program of dentists

  • 1Department of Preventive and Social Dentistry, College of Dentistry, Kyung Hee University, Suwon, Korea
  • 2Department of Preventive and Social Dentistry, Graduate School, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, 3 Gyeonggi Dental Association, Suwon, Korea


This study aimed to evaluate the registered dentists’ program, from the dentist’s perspective, before its nationwide implementation.
In-depth interviews were conducted with 18 dentists who had participated in the registered dentists’ program in G Province. A questionnaire was prepared based on previous research. The data were collected by transcription of interview recordings. Qualitative research methodology was implemented and the data were coded according to the grounded theory. A paradigm model was presented and the core categories were indicated.
The findings were organized into 6 categories, 25 subcategories, and 315 codes, based on open coding of the first categorization of collected data. The central phenomenon was found to be the experience of dissatisfaction with the program. The causal conditions were shown as problems of the program, while contextual and intervening conditions were shown as passive participation of dentists and positive effects of the program, respectively. The action/interaction strategies were summarized as an improvement plan and the consequence was an increased intention to participate.
The study proposes the need to strengthen primary dental care through this registered dentists’ program, by performing continuous evaluations. The standards and guidelines, cooperation of participants, and appropriate compensation should be considered to promote successful implementation.


Dental care for children; Dentists; Grounded theory; Health policy; Qualitative research
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