Assessing dental education and practices regarding patients with special needs: a pilot study proposal



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Please check the appropriate box for each school year concerning amount of time students are engaged in formal “special needs” activity

For Dental Classes 2014/2015:



Special Needs Activities ONLY

Year I Hours

Year II Hours

Year III Hours

Year IV Hours




00-5

66-10

>>10

00-5

66-10

>>10

00-5

66-10

>>10

00-5

66-10

>>10

Didactic – Children only





































Clinical - Children only





































Community outreach - Children only





































Didactic – Adults only





































Clinical - Adults only





































Community outreach - Adults only





































Total Didactic





































Total Clinical





































Total Community outreach





































Does the school provide extra opportunities for students to learn more about treating patients with special needs? If yes, please elaborate

  1. No

  2. Yes




Does your school have current plans to increase special needs education? If yes, please elaborate

  1. No

  2. Yes





APPENDIX C: Recent Graduate Special needs Curriculum Survey

Recent Graduates,

Patients with special needs continue to experience difficulties in finding dentists who are willing to treat them. Access to care in this population is related to many factors, including education during dental school. Previous studies have found that the more hours of education regarding special needs students receive, the more likely these students are to treat special needs patients in private practice after dental school. In order to better examine the relationship between the amount and type of education students receive regarding patients with special needs affects practices and attitudes of the graduates, specific educational data is necessary.

Your dental school is participating in a study along with the University of Pittsburgh to explore whether you believe that you received adequate training and if your training has affected your attitudes and behaviors after dental school. To assess these questions, please fill out the following survey and return it in the pre-stamped, pre-addressed envelope provided. This data will help the research team in providing answers to what type of education is best, how many hours are necessary, and other questions regarding behaviors after dental school.

Thank you for your participation.


Instructions: Please fill out the following survey concerning your dental education and practice details.

Dental School Attended:

Year of Graduation:

Type of Dental Practice:


Please circle the appropriate numerical rating (1=strongly disagree; 5=strongly agree)

Attitudes

For each of the statements, circle the number that reflects your relative agreement





Statement

Strongly Strongly

disagree agree

People with special needs can be treated by general dentists

1 2 3 4 5

Children with special needs can be treated by general dentists

1 2 3 4 5

Dentists have an ethical duty to treat patients with special needs

1 2 3 4 5

Dentist have an ethical duty to treat children with special needs

1 2 3 4 5

Dental school prepared me well for treating patients with special needs

1 2 3 4 5

Dental school prepared me well for treating children with special needs

1 2 3 4 5


Beliefs

For each of the statements, circle the number that reflects your relative agreement




Regarding patients with special needs (PSN):

Strongly Strongly

disagree agree

My Office staff is well prepared

1 2 3 4 5

I am well prepared

1 2 3 4 5

My Dental school prepared me well

1 2 3 4 5

My Office is set up for PSN

1 2 3 4 5

…Including wheelchair compatible chairs

1 2 3 4 5

…Including wheelchair ramps

1 2 3 4 5

…including capability for nitrous sedation

1 2 3 4 5

…including specialized dental instruments

1 2 3 4 5

Are welcome as patients in MY office

1 2 3 4 5

I like to treat adults with special needs

1 2 3 4 5

I like to treat children with special needs

1 2 3 4 5

I am confident treating special needs patients

1 2 3 4 5

I am confident treating children with special needs

1 2 3 4 5


Post Graduation Behaviors

Please check the appropriate box to estimate the number of patients with special needs seen or referred per one month intervals




PSN = Patients with Special Needs

Estimated # of PSN seen or contacted per one month intervals




No contact

1-2 patients

2-3 patients

>4 patients

PSN children seen by MY office













PSN adults seen by MY office













Estimated PSN seen by you













Number of referrals of PSN out to other sources














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