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Periodontal education and assessment in the undergraduate dental curriculum - A questionnaire-based survey in European countries

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Philip Preshaw


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© 2018 John Wiley & Sons A/S.Objectives: This survey aimed to evaluate whether periodontal education and assessment in undergraduate dental curricula amongst the member countries of the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) follow the competency-based curricular guidelines and recommendations developed by the Association for Dental Education in Europe. Materials and methods: A multiple-choice questionnaire was emailed to 244 dental institutes amongst the 24 EFP member countries between November 2014 and July 2015. Results: Data were received from 16 (66.7%) EFP member countries. Out of 117 responding dental institutes, 76 (64.95%) were included as valid responders. In most of the institutes (86.3%), a minimum set of competencies in periodontology was taken into account when constructing their dental education programmes. Out of 76 responders, 98.1% included lecture-based, 74.1% case-based and 57.1% problem-based teaching in their periodontal curricula, whilst a minority (15.9%) also used other methods. A similar pattern was also seen in the time allocation for these four educational methods, that is, the highest proportion (51.8%) was dedicated to lecture-based teaching and only a small proportion (5.7%) to other methods. Periodontal competencies and skills were most frequently assessed by clinical grading on clinic, multiple-choice examination (written examination) and oral examination, whereas competency tests and self-assessment were rarely used. Only in 11 (14.5%) cases, access flap procedures were performed by students. Conclusion: Great diversity in teaching methodology amongst the surveyed schools was demonstrated, and thus, to harmonise undergraduate periodontal education and assessment across Europe, a minimum set of recommendations could be developed and disseminated by the EFP.

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Author(s): Gursoy M, Wilensky A, Claffey N, Herrera D, Preshaw PM, Sanz M, Schlagenhauf U, Trombelli L, Demirel K

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Journal of Dental Education

Year: 2018

Volume: 22

Issue: 3

Pages: e488-e499

Print publication date: 01/08/2018

Online publication date: 20/02/2018

Acceptance date: 27/01/2018

ISSN (print): 1396-5883

ISSN (electronic): 1600-0579

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd


DOI: 10.1111/eje.12330


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