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ARTICULATE: A European glossary of terms used in oral health professional education

Davies, Julia, Field, James ORCID:, Dixon, Jonathan, Manzanares-Cespedes, Cristina, Vital, Sibylle, Paganelli, Corrado, Akota, Ilze, Quinn, Barry, Roger-Leroi, Valerie, Murphy, Denis, Gerber, Gabor and Tubert-Jeannin, Stephanie 2023. ARTICULATE: A European glossary of terms used in oral health professional education. European Journal of Dental Education 27 (2) , pp. 209-222. 10.1111/eje.12794

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Introduction: The Erasmus+O- Health-EDU project aims to gain a comprehensive view of oral health professional (OHP) education in Europe, through the development of web- based surveys and online toolkits. A glossary to facilitate a common language through which academic teams could cooperate and communicate more accurately was identified as a key need within the project. The aim of ARTICULATE was thus to create a shared language, with a European focus, for terms and concepts used in the field of OHP education.Methods: The methodology was developed from those published for construction of other glossaries with a circular and iterative process: the creation of content and defi-nitions by a group of experts in OHP education, the testing of “fitness for purpose” of the content, and stakeholder consultation. All creation steps were followed by re-finements based on testing results and stakeholder comments. The final glossary was then launched as an online resource including a built-in mechanism for user feedback.Results: The scope and structure of the glossary were mapped out at a workshop with 12 dental education experts from 7 European countries. A total of 328 terms were identified, of which 171 were finally included in ARTICULATE. After piloting with a close group of other colleagues, the glossary was opened for external input. Thirty European Deans or Heads of Education assessed the definition of each term as “clear” or “not clear.” A total of 86 definitions were described as “clear” by all individuals. Terms deemed unclear by at least one individual were revisited and changes made to 37 of the definitions. In conjunction with the launch of the glossary, a range of stake-holder organisations were informed and asked to participate in an open global consul-tation by providing feedback online. Since its launch in June 2021, the ARTICULATE website (https://o- healt h- has had an average of 500 visits/month. To promote community ownership, forms embedded on the ARTICULATE webpage allow users to give feedback and suggest new terms. A standing taskforce will meet regularly to consider amendments and make changes to ensure that the glossary re-mains a relevant and up-to- date resource over time

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons
ISSN: 1396-5883
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 March 2022
Date of Acceptance: 11 February 2022
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 22:44

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