Research Center: Oral Health Workforce Research Center
The Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) developed a numerical scope of practice index for the dental hygiene profession called the 2001 Dental Hygiene Professional Practice Index (DHPPI) under a contract with the the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Scope of practice for dental hygienists has evolved since 2001 to the extent that the original scores on the DHPPI no longer accurately reflect legal practice for dental hygienists in many states. The current study updated the DHPPI scales to reflect the legal scope of practice for dental hygienists in 2014.
This report is a comparative analysis of the scope of practice for dental hygienists in all states and the District of Columbia in 2014.