Achieved competences in temporomandibular disorders/orofacial pain : a comparison between two dental schools in Europe

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Achieved competences in temporomandibular disorders/orofacial pain : a comparison between two dental schools in Europe
Author(s) Alsafi, Z ; Michelotti, A ; Orbach, R ; List, Thomas ; Nilner, Maria
Date 2014
English abstract
AIMS: The aim was to study achieved competences in temporomandibular disorders (TMD)/orofacial pain (OP) at two universities by comparing student's knowledge and understanding, satisfaction with their education and confidence in their clinical competences of TMD/OP. METHODS: The study was conducted in collaboration between Malmö University, Sweden-which uses problem-based learning-and the University of Naples Federico II, Italy-which uses traditional educational methods. Final-semester dental students responded to a self-report questionnaire regarding their knowledge and understanding, interpretation of cases histories, clinical experience, satisfaction and confidence in clinical examination, management and treatment evaluation. RESULTS: No significant difference was found between the students regarding knowledge and understanding. Eighty-seven per cent of the Malmö students and 96% of the Naples students met the criterion on achieved competence. Malmö students had a higher per cent of correct diagnoses than Naples students in the interpretation of case histories. Overall, Malmö students reported most clinical experience and higher confidence than Naple students. CONCLUSIONS: The main findings were that students from Malmö and Naples were, similar in knowledge and understanding of TMD/OP and in satisfaction with their clinical competences. However, Malmö students perceived more confidence in clinical management of patients with TMD/OP. This may reflect that, besides the theoretical part of the programme, a sufficient level of clinical exposure to patients with TMD/OP is essential to gain competences in TMD/OP
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/eje.12117 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Wiley
Host/Issue European journal of dental education;
ISSN 1396-5883
Pages e-pub ahead of print
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Medicine
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/17983 (link to this page)

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