Does the nature of the clinical placement have an influence on how confident dental students feel when treating paediatric patients?

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Background Undergraduate students at the University Dental Hospital of Manchester (UDHM) receive paediatric clinical teaching in 10 outreach placements or in a consultant-led hospital setting. The outreach clinics are an integrated part of the students’ experience, allowing them to see a wide variety of paediatric case mix in the primary care setting. The UDHM assumes that students receive similar paediatric experience in all of the clinical settings. Aims/objectives To assess if any difference exists in self-reported confidence between those that receive their clinical teaching in an outreach setting or the consultant-led unit. Materials and Methods of the students in 4th and 5th year received a questionnaire. Except for the demographic data, the students were expected to report their confidence in performing 15 key paediatric skills using a 10-point Likert scale. Data analysis was conducted with SPSS (Version 24) Results A total number of 123 students returned the questionnaire. 86% of the clinical teaching was provided in outreach. In general, both 4th and 5th year students felt confident in preventative dentistry (Likert >5). Confidence in clinical skills increased from 4th-5th year. However, students still reported lack of confidence (<5) in pulp therapy, pre-formed metal crowns and primary extractions. ANOVA and Tukey-Test results are presented to compare between the outreach and consultant-led units. Conclusion This investigation provides insight into the effect of the clinical setting in developing self-confidence and highlights the most common areas that students lack confidence.

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 23 Aug 2017
EventAssociation of Dental Education in Europe - Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania
Event duration: 23 Aug 201725 Aug 2017


ConferenceAssociation of Dental Education in Europe
Abbreviated titleADEE
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