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The Undergraduate preparation of dentists: Confidence levels of final year dental students at the School of Dentistry in Cardiff

Gilmour, Alan, Welply, Angharad, Cowpe, Jonathan, Bullock, Alison Deborah and Jones, Rhiannon Jayne 2016. The Undergraduate preparation of dentists: Confidence levels of final year dental students at the School of Dentistry in Cardiff. British Dental Journal 221 (6) , pp. 349-354. 10.1038/sj.bdj.2016.686

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Objective To investigate the self-reported confidence and preparedness of final year undergraduate students in undertaking a range of clinical procedures. Methods A questionnaire was distributed to final year dental students at Cardiff University, six months prior to graduation. Respondents rated their confidence in undertaking 39 clinical procedures using a 5-point scale (1 = can undertake on own with confidence, 5 = unable to undertake). Students also responded yes/no to experiencing four difficulties and to three statements about general preparedness. Results 71% (N = 51) responded of which 55% (N = 28) were female. Over half reported being 'anxious that the supervisor was not helping enough' (57%) and 'relying heavily on supervisor for help' (53%). Eighty percent 'felt unprepared for the clinical work presented' and gender differences were most notable here (male: 65% N = 33; females: 93% N = 47). Mean confidence scores were calculated for each clinical procedure (1 = lowest; 5 = highest). Confidence was highest in performing 'simple scale' and 'fissure sealant' (mean-score = 5). Lowest scores were reported for 'surgical extractions involving a flap (mean-score = 2.28)', 'simple surgical procedures' (mean-score = 2.58) and the 'design/fit/adjustment of orthodontic appliances' (mean-score = 2.88). Conclusions As expected complex procedures that were least practised scored the lowest in overall mean confidence. Gender differences were noted in self-reported confidence for carrying out treatment unsupervised and feeling unprepared for clinical work.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Unit for Research and Evaluation in Medical and Dental Education (CUREMeDE)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
ISSN: 0007-0610
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 September 2016
Date of Acceptance: 25 July 2016
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2021 07:55

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