Dental students' perception on disability equality training as part of the special care dentistry curriculum

Mohamed Rohani, Maryani and Mohd Nor, Nor Azlida (2021) Dental students' perception on disability equality training as part of the special care dentistry curriculum. Journal of Dental Education, 85 (5). pp. 690-698. ISSN 0022-0337, DOI

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Introduction The Special Care Dentistry (SCD) undergraduate program increasingly aims to address student attitudes toward people with disabilities (PWD). One of the efforts made by the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Malaya (FODUM), is to introduce Disability Equality Training (DET) as part of the learning activity in the SCD curriculum. This study aimed to explore students' perception about the DET program. Methods This was a qualitative research project exploring students' perception toward DET in 2 cohorts of third-year dental students from FODUM (n = 100). The reflection notes were analyzed using Luborsky's method of thematic analysis. Identification of themes was based on statements that were most frequently reported by students. Results The majority of the students gave positive feedback for the training, which includes enhanced knowledge, attitudes, and skills about treating PWD. They also reflected that the DET improved their understanding of social and professional responsibility. In terms of learning experience, many reported that the training was useful and enjoyable. Students' suggestions for improvement included learning ``sign language'', visiting special needs centers, and providing simulation exercises involving real PWD. Conclusion Students' comments on the DET were positive and they enjoyed the learning experience. The findings support the continuation of DET as part of the undergraduate dental curriculum. Dental institutions seeking to implement or refine the SCD curriculum are encouraged to include DET based on its potential benefits for undergraduate students.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dental education; Dental students; Disability; Special care dentistry
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
R Medicine > RK Dentistry > Oral surger
Divisions: Faculty of Dentistry
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2022 01:40
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2022 01:40

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