Current trends and status of continuing professional development in implant dentistry in Europe

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Title Current trends and status of continuing professional development in implant dentistry in Europe
Author(s) Ucer, Cemal ; Botticelli, Daniele ; Stavropoulos, Andreas ; Mattheos, Nikos
Date 2014
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INTRODUCTION: Previous surveys have shown that newly graduated dentists, in most European countries, do not obtain adequate theoretical knowledge and, especially, clinical skills in implant dentistry (ID) through their undergraduate education and must therefore acquire knowledge and develop competencies through further postgraduate study. Moreover, clinicians, in general, need to continue to maintain the currency of their competence by undertaking ongoing continuing professional development (CPD). This seems particularly important in ID as techniques, and materials develop rapidly due to advances in biomedical technology. Despite recent developments, CPD in ID remains poorly organised with little standardisation or harmonisation across Europe. The objective of this survey was to explore the current status and trends within CPD education in ID in Europe. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Stakeholders and opinion leaders associated with ID education were invited by email to fill an online questionnaire (closing date: 30th April 2013). Two hundred and forty-seven questionnaires were distributed, and two separate reminders were sent to participants in 38 European countries. The survey contained 14 multiple-choice questions, and the data were collected using SurveyMonkey© software, exported in SPSS (Inc, Chicago, IL, USA) format and analysed using descriptive statistics. RESULTS: Two hundred respondents working in 24 countries replied to the survey (response rate of 81% of invitees and 63% of countries surveyed). The results demonstrated a wide divergence in the content and structure of CPD in ID in Europe. CONCLUSIONS: Dentists need CPD to develop their skills and to maintain their competence in ID. There is an urgent need for structured and accredited CPD, which should be readily available to all dentists practising ID. It should have pre-determined learning objectives, delivered by accredited CPD providers and educators, and have assessable outcome measures to ensure the best possible impact on clinical practice and patient safety.
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Publisher Wiley
Host/Issue European Journal of Dental Education;s1
Volume 18
ISSN 1600-0579
Pages 52-59
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) continuing professional development
implant dentistry
postgraduate dental education
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY
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