Although the overall response rate to the questionnaire was low, at 8.1%, comparison of the sample with population aggregate data obtained from CRDHA (Table 1) reveals the sample resembled the target population with respect to gender and age.
First, access to the study population was secured through the support of the professional body (CRDHA), which disseminated the study information.
Information of this nature was not available from CRDHA due to privacy considerations.
The authors acknowledge the College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta (CRDHA) for its support in disseminating the study information to its membership, as well as the respondents for their participation in this study.
The Prescriber's Identification (ID) Program for Alberta dental hygienists was developed by CRDHA to ensure that there is a minimum, consistent level of competence, ensuring that dental hygienist prescribers can safely and effectively prescribe.
* Once successfully completed, the dental hygienist is eligible to apply for a prescriber's ID number through CRDHA
* CRDHA issues a prescriber's ID number and informs the Alberta College of Pharmacists (AFP)