• Field Study of the Evidence-Based Dentistry Activity of Predoctoral Students and Preceptors at Off-Campus Dental Offices

      Shipman, Peter; Wyatt, Tasha; Zadinsky, Julie; Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library; Educational Education Institute; Department of Biobehavioral Nursing (2016-05-16)
      OBJECTIVE To measure evidence-based dentistry (EBD) activity between predoctoral dental students and their dental preceptors to improve dental school curriculum and training. METHODS Predoctoral dental students (PDS) learn and apply evidence-based dentistry (EBD) principles and practices during training in an accredited dental school clinical environment. PDS are also required to practice briefly at off-campus dental practices to learn how to treat patients and improve chair skills under a dental preceptor’s supervision. PDS and preceptors will be interviewed independently of each other by a medical librarian to recall EBD activity during patient care occurring in the off-campus setting. Both will be asked to recall EBD behaviors that address patient-centered needs and preferences, influence clinical decision making about patient diagnoses and treatment plans, and frequency of the application of scientific research to clinical problem solving. Interview transcripts will be transcribed and analyzed by an educational researcher for themes or trends in EBD activity in the off-campus settings.