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This subject comprises 3 modules:
Research Methods: Scientific enquiry, an introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods and design; data collection and sampling methods; an introduction to data analysis and display; searching and using the literature; critical evaluation of published research and an introduction to evidence based practice.
Community Oral Health: The influences of socio-demographic, cultural and economic factors on oral health; dental health delivery systems and planning processes incorporating an introduction to epidemiology, utilisation and accessibility, quality of oral health services; and an examination of the roles of oral health therapists in improving the oral health of the community.
Applied Behavioural Science: The theoretical foundations to psychosocial problems; orofacial attractiveness; self identity and social functioning; behaviour management techniques; anxiety; fear and phobia; patient and parent management; and theories of learning.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should:
a) the basic concepts of community and social structures and the implications for health and oral health;
b) the relevance of psychology and human development to the broader field of health care, teaching and learning and dental practice;
c) the principles of management of relationships with patients and carers.
a) the ability to
- plan and present written communications incorporating a respect for enquiry, scholarship and intellectual integrity;
- consider oral health care in a holistic fashion which takes cognizance of the social, cultural and economic environment in which people live;
- retrieve and critically appraise research relevant to oral health therapy practice;
b) effective skills in electronic retrieval, library searching, electronic mail, the use of LMS and Internet resources.
a) the range of differing healthcare needs of individuals and groups within the community and diversity of the methods needed to provide them;
b) the responsibilities of dental hygienists, dental therapists, and other members of the dental professions in addressing the oral health needs of individuals and the community; and
c) the value and application of evidence based practice.
- Academic writing and referencing;
- Skills in Information technology and use of academic databases;
- Planning and presenting;
- Critical appraisal of research papers;
- Value and application of evidence;
- Observation, problem solving and organisation;
- Communication; and
Understand the social and cultural diversity in our community.
Last updated: 12 November 2022