Townie® Poll

Group Practice

Poll conducted from 8/10/2006 To 9/7/2006

Is there more than one dentist in your practice?
969 total votes
52%
a. Yes
48%
b. No
What is the primary advantage of a group practice?
517 total votes
26%
a. Convenient schedule
45%
b. Professional interaction
7%
c. Partner will purchase practice when I retire
2%
d. Higher profile in the community
21%
e. Able to offer additional services
What is the primary disadvantage of group practice?
516 total votes
27%
a. Large staff
22%
b. Many partnerships fail
32%
c. Conflicting professional opinions
9%
d. Patient perception as a ‘mill’
10%
e. High overhead
Does your group practice include any specialists in the group?
513 total votes
20%
a. Yes
47%
b. No
34%
c. I’m a solo practitioner
What is the ideal number of dentists in a practice?
522 total votes
24%
a. 1– Solo is best
41%
b. 2
24%
c. 3
11%
d. 4 or more
Do you believe that solo practices will continue to be the majority?
527 total votes
57%
a. Yes
43%
b. No
What is your opinion of “corporate” group practices?
527 total votes
40%
a. There are more to come
11%
b. They will not work long term
30%
c. These can only work in certain places
18%
d. No opinion
Why is dentistry still dominated by solo practices?
527 total votes
9%
a. Small number of dentists available in many areas of the country
54%
b. Dentists enjoy “doing their own thing”
25%
c. Differences in practice style make it difficult
7%
d. Poor experiences as associates
4%
e. Other

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