Preliminary evaluation of dental hygiene curriculum: Assessment and management of peri-implant conditions and diseases

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Abstract

Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate dental hygiene (DH) educational programs’ didactic and clinical curriculum in the management of peri-implant diseases and conditions. The specific aims were (1) assess if evidence-based content for peri-implant diseases and conditions are currently included in didactic and clinical DH curriculum and (2) determine if DH education programs are currently preparing students at a level of clinical competency for the assessment and management of peri-implant diseases and conditions. Design: A cross-sectional study of DH faculty member(s) from 331 United States entry-level programs responsible for didactic and clinical curriculum for peri-implant diseases and conditions were surveyed. The survey was disseminated electronically via Qualtricsxm August 2019 for a response rate of 26%. Results: The results showed didactic courses taught DH students the etiology of peri-mucositis and peri-implantitis (98%), clinical characteristics (98%), and risk factors contributing to these implant diseases (96%). Evaluation methods to determine student level of competency in a didactic setting included quizzes/examinations (98%), case-based examinations (63%), and written essays (6%). Eighty-five percent reported DH students are not required in a clinical setting to provide care for patients with peri-implant diseases and conditions. Conclusions: Study results suggest DH education programs may need to revise didactic and clinical curriculum to ensure students graduate at a level of clinical competency for assessing and managing peri-implant conditions and diseases. DH educational programs should consider requiring clinical patient experiences for the assessment and management of peri-mucositis and peri-implantitis to prepare students for their professional role.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)642-651
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of dental education
Volume84
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, grant UL1TR002494. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.

Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank Danna Hickey, RDH, MSDH Researcher 5 and Jill Horman, RDH, MSDH, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota School School of Dentistry for their contributions to this study. This research was supported by the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, grant UL1TR002494. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 American Dental Education Association

Keywords

  • dental hygiene curricula
  • peri-implant diseases
  • peri-implant management
  • peri-implantitis
  • peri-mucositis

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  • Journal Article

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