Professional communication skills in dentistry.

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Professional communication skills in dentistry.

1.  Course Rationale   Good communication between dentists and their patients is necessary for the delivery of quality care. A thorough understanding of effective communication skills is important in seeking and obtaining informed consent, dealing with patients from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and managing adverse events or anxieties related to dental treatment. Students of varying innate communication capability benefit from formal education in this field. An understanding of professional communication requirements is...

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Assessment of communication skills among dental students: a narrative review.

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 Abstract Background: Effective communication is crucial to the dentist-patient relationship. Part of the challenge that arises in integration of communication skills within dental education is in assessing attainment of these skills. This paper discusses the current evidence base surrounding assessment of communication skills among dental students. Methods: A literature review was performed using OVID with the key search terms (Dental) AND (Education OR Learning OR Teaching OR Instruction) AND (Communication) AND (Assessment OR Evaluation)....

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The use of a clonazepam ‘lozenge’ protocol for the treatment of burning mouth syndrome: a retrospective study.

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ABSTRACT Aims: Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is characterized by a burning oral dysesthesia that cannot be attributed to other local or systemic disease entities. Clonazepam is a medication typically prescribed for the management of epilepsy, but has also demonstrated some success in the management of BMS. The purpose of this retrospective study was to evaluate the efficacy of a mode of clonazepam administration in which patients were asked to dissolve clonazepam slowly orally before swallowing for the management of pain associated with...

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Multiple choice questions as an assessment tool: history, rationale and a possible alternative for comparison.

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Multiple choice questions (MCQs) continue to dominate dental education, particularly in the early years of basic sciences and knowledge-based assessment.(1) A key criticism of MCQs are that they tend to reflect “a combination of what the student knows, partially knows, can guess, or is cunning enough to surmise from cues in the questions.”(2) Emerging assessment methods such as Extended Matching Questions (EMQs) may address some of the key flaws of MCQ examinations and improve the potential of item selection tests to assess application of...

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Adaptation of a problem-based learning framework to a case-based online learning module.

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Aim: The intention of this brief literature review is to identify what aspects of the traditional problem-based learning framework can be applied in a case-based online learning session.   Methods: A Google search was conducted as a screening tool for relevant documents using the search terms “problem-based learning” AND “dental education”. This search was repeated in Ovid Medline and SCOPUS. Journal articles, University guides and book chapters found using these search engines were screened manually for relevance and publication...

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The virtual solution: a discussion of considerations surrounding the use of virtual reality based simulation in dental education.

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Abstract   Background: Virtual reality technology can expose students to realistic simulated procedural training. This paper discusses the benefits and drawbacks of these technologies for use in dental education and identifies future development directions. Methods: A literature review was conducted using PUBMED with the key search terms (Dental) AND (Education OR Learning OR Teaching OR Instruction) AND (Virtual OR Computer-assisted OR Computer-Aided) AND (Simulation OR Training). The reference lists of relevant journals and “similar...

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