2012 Top Dentists: Methodology

For the 2012 list of Top Dentists, New Jersey Monthly commissioned an independent survey of the state’s dentists by Leflein Associates Inc., a Ringwood-based research firm.

Top Dentists 2012
Methodology 

For the 2012 list of Top Dentists, New Jersey Monthly commissioned an independent survey of the state’s dentists by Leflein Associates Inc., a Ringwood-based research firm.

 

Here’s how the survey was conducted: On December 1, 2011, a one-page questionnaire was mailed to all 6,426 New Jersey-based dentists who have been licensed in the state for at least five years (but less than 50 years). The mailing list, which is used by the Board of Dentistry for licensing purposes, was obtained from the New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs. Respondents could either return the original paper questionnaire or complete the questionnaire online. Web-survey participants were required to enter their dental license number to avoid duplication. Each printed ballot had a unique code number to further protect against duplication.

 

A total of 1,547 ballots were received (551 by mail and 996 online). After checking for duplication, a total of 1,452 ballots were accepted, for a response rate of almost 23 percent. 

 

Once all the eligible ballots were tallied, dentists with sufficient votes were placed on a preliminary list. A handful of dentists then were excluded because of prior, significant disciplinary actions. Next, the preliminary list was submitted for professional review by an advisory board of 15 dentists. The dentists on the advisory board were chosen from among the top vote getters in last year’s survey.

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