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Dental students' experiences of treating orthodontic emergencies - a qualitative assessment of student reflections

Jones, K., Popat, Hashmat and Johnson, Ilona Gail 2016. Dental students' experiences of treating orthodontic emergencies - a qualitative assessment of student reflections. European Journal of Dental Education 20 (3) , pp. 156-160. 10.1111/eje.12155

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Abstract

Introduction Professional regulatory bodies in the UK and Europe state that dental graduates should be able to manage orthodontic emergency patients. Therefore, the aim of this study was to explore dental student experiences of treating orthodontic emergencies within a teaching institution. Materials and method This study was designed as a single-centre evaluation of teaching based in a UK university orthodontic department. The participants were fourth-year dental students who treated orthodontic emergency patients under clinical supervision as part of the undergraduate curriculum. Student logbook entries for one academic year detailing the types of emergencies treated and structured, reflective commentaries for each procedure were analysed using thematic analysis methods. The total numbers and types of orthodontic emergencies treated by students were presented. Overall, self-reported student confidence in managing orthodontic emergencies was calculated. Themes, which represented student reflections, were identified. Results Seventy-two students participated in the study. Overall, 69% of students stated they were confident in managing orthodontic emergencies. Students treated a range of emergencies, of which the most frequent was debonded brackets (38%). Reflections from student commentaries were housed under a primary theme of building procedural confidence. Three subthemes were identified: (i) theory-practice integration; (ii) expanding clinical experience; and (iii) importance of a supportive clinical learning environment. Conclusion The majority of dental students were confident in managing orthodontic emergencies. Theoretical knowledge supplemented by exposure to a range of clinical problems within a supported learning environment made students feel more confident.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1396-5883
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 18 April 2016
Date of Acceptance: 8 May 2015
Last Modified: 08 May 2019 02:51
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/89329

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