Improving teamwork between students from two professional programmes in dental education

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dc.contributor.author Leisnert, Leif
dc.contributor.author Karlsson, Maja
dc.contributor.author Franklin, Inger
dc.contributor.author Lindh, Liselott
dc.contributor.author Wretlind, Katarina
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-24T08:13:16Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-24T08:13:16Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.citation 17-26 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1396-5883 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/14260
dc.description.abstract In Sweden, the National Board of Health and Welfare forecasts a decrease in dentists with 26% and an increase in dental hygienists with 47% until the year of 2023. This, together with changes in both epidemiology, especially of dental caries, and political priorities, calls for an effective and well-developed cooperation between dentists and dental hygienists in future dentistry. Hence, the aim of this project was to investigate whether highlighting teamwork during the undergraduate studies of dental students and dental hygiene students could improve the students' holistic view on patients as well as their knowledge of and insight into each other's future professions. Thirty-four dental students and 24 dental hygiene students participated in the study. At the beginning of their final year in undergraduate education, a questionnaire testing the level of knowledge of the dental hygienists' clinical competences was completed by both groups of students. In addition, activities intending to improve teamwork quality included the following: (i) a seminar with a dentist representing the Public Dental Health Services in Sweden, (ii) dental students as supervisors for dental hygiene students, (iii) planning and treatment for shared patients and (iv) students' presentations of the treatments and their outcomes at a final seminar. The project was ended by the students answering the above-mentioned questionnaire for the second time, followed by an evaluation of the different activities included in the study. The knowledge of dental hygienists' competences showed higher scores in almost all questions. Both groups of students considered the following aspects important: seminars with external participants, dental students acting as supervisors and planning and treating shared patients. By initiating and encouraging teamwork between dental students and dental hygiene students, it is possible to increase knowledge on dental hygienists' competence and also to develop and strengthen a holistic view on patients and dental work, thereby preparing both groups of students for their professional life. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Wiley-Blackwell en_US
dc.subject teamwork en_US
dc.subject undergraduate dental education en_US
dc.subject intervention en_US
dc.subject.classification Medicine en_US
dc.title Improving teamwork between students from two professional programmes in dental education en_US
dc.type Article, peer reviewed scientific en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Odontology
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0579.2011.00702.x en_US
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpublication European Journal of Dental Education;1
dc.relation.ispartofpublicationvolume 16 en_US
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