Undergraduate experience and self-assessed confidence in paediatric dentistry: comparison of three UK dental schools

Rodd, HD, Farman, M, Albadri, S ORCID: 0000-0001-6516-9497 and Mackie, IC
(2010) Undergraduate experience and self-assessed confidence in paediatric dentistry: comparison of three UK dental schools. BRITISH DENTAL JOURNAL, 208 (5). pp. 221-226.

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Previous studies have suggested that dental students may not receive sufficient clinical experience in core paediatric dentistry skills. This study aimed to compare dental undergraduates' self-reported experience and confidence in paediatric dentistry within three UK dental schools (Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield). In April/May 2009, 147 final year dental students completed an anonymous questionnaire which captured their experience of seven core clinical skills in both hospital and outreach settings. A visual analogue scale was also employed to record perceived levels of confidence for six generic activities including: examination, diagnosis and treatment planning; patient selection for treatment under general anaesthesia; operative dentistry; preventive dentistry; management of dento-alveolar trauma, and provision of routine care for children on qualification. The key finding was that Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield dental students received comparable clinical experiences in paediatric dentistry, which appeared to satisfy the requirements of the General Dental Council's The first five years. One hundred percent had carried out fissure sealants and restorations, and 87-98% had experience of extractions. Outreach placements were crucial in ensuring students had sufficient opportunity to undertake core skills, notably extractions and pulp therapies. All students reported a lack of confidence in dental trauma management which warrants greater emphasis in the undergraduate curriculum.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Rodd, H D Farman, M Albadri, S Mackie, I C Comparative Study Multicenter Study England British dental journal Br Dent J. 2010 Mar 13;208(5):221-5.## TULIP Type: Articles/Papers (Journal) ##
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans, Tooth Injuries, Pit and Fissure Sealants, Physical Examination, Anesthesia, General, Tooth Extraction, Dental Care for Children, Dentistry, Operative, Dental Restoration, Permanent, Root Canal Therapy, Preventive Dentistry, Self Concept, Pediatric Dentistry, Patient Selection, Time Factors, Education, Dental, Clinical Competence, Preceptorship, Schools, Dental, Students, Dental, Child, Dental Service, Hospital, Patient Care Planning, Female, Male, United Kingdom
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Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Institute of Life Courses and Medical Sciences > School of Dentistry
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2010 13:48
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2022 11:41
DOI: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2010.207
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/1272