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Pages: 5602-5610
Publication year: 2013
ISBN: 978-84-616-3822-2
ISSN: 2340-1117

Conference name: 5th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 1-3 July, 2013
Location: Barcelona, Spain

IMPROVEMENT OF COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY STUDENTS

Interpersonal and communication skills in health sciences have a significant impact on patient care. However few tools have been developed to facilitate the instruction of these skills, or evaluate their results. The child dental care requires good communication skills. Bachelor students in Dentistry must learn how to communicate successfully with children and their caregivers.
Throughout the course of the training program the students routinely simulate procedures and practice skills before actually performing them on patients. A set of essential skills that are not routinely simulated is the child behavior management. Students hear about techniques of child behavior management at conferences, read about them in textbooks, and are then expected to achieve competence in the use of these skills in a clinical setting without prior “practice” via simulation. Preclinical practices based on the use of mannequins or resin teeth are not suitable for simulating the behavior of a child in the dental office. The use of simulated patients (children) is complex. An alternative is to simulate the child patient using computer technology. With the help of computer technology we designed an educational tool, which allows the student interaction based on a child's behavior in different clinical situations. Through successive pages, the student receives information related to a clinical situation. Through links, should be selecting from any of the proposed options. Although there is only one correct option, which allows advancing along the page, selecting any of the incorrect options, will also provide information related to the expected response.
An expert panel, consisting of experienced teachers on the subject and teachers of recent addition, based on their own clinical experience in children's dental care, has developed the training content. It seems important to us that students find answers to each of the decisions they make. Thus they will know the potential consequences of their actions, reinforcing the message conveyed.
Its implementation in a group of undergraduate students in Dentistry, which has already received traditional content about child behavior management in the dental office, against another who just received these, would assess its effectiveness in facilitating their understanding and assimilation.
@InProceedings{DENOVA2013IMP,
author = {de Nova, J. and Gallardo, N. and Feij{\'{o}}o, G. and Mourelle, R. and Saavedra, G. and Di{\'{e}}guez, M. and Gonz{\'{a}}lez, C. and Caleya, A.},
title = {IMPROVEMENT OF COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY STUDENTS},
series = {5th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies},
booktitle = {EDULEARN13 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-616-3822-2},
issn = {2340-1117},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Barcelona, Spain},
month = {1-3 July, 2013},
year = {2013},
pages = {5602-5610}}
TY - CONF
AU - J. de Nova AU - N. Gallardo AU - G. Feijóo AU - R. Mourelle AU - G. Saavedra AU - M. Diéguez AU - C. González AU - A. Caleya
TI - IMPROVEMENT OF COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY STUDENTS
SN - 978-84-616-3822-2/2340-1117
PY - 2013
Y1 - 1-3 July, 2013
CI - Barcelona, Spain
JO - 5th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
JA - EDULEARN13 Proceedings
SP - 5602
EP - 5610
ER -
J. de Nova, N. Gallardo, G. Feijóo, R. Mourelle, G. Saavedra, M. Diéguez, C. González, A. Caleya (2013) IMPROVEMENT OF COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY STUDENTS, EDULEARN13 Proceedings, pp. 5602-5610.
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