ERIC Number: ED200134
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Problem Definition and Solution Strategies in Dental Practice. Executive Summary, September 19, 1979-October 31, 1980.
Dane, J. K.; And Others
An executive summary of a study designed to investigate the identification and solution of clinical and nonclinical problems in dental practice is presented. The study used a combination of structured group meetings of individuals involved in dentistry and related areas and written workbooks completed by participants. A steering committee advised the study staff on methods and procedures for the conduct of the research and the analysis of results. Four task groups developed the workbooks designed around a taxonomy of problems in dental practice. The taxonomy contained three major problem classifications: management, administrative/operational, and technical/clinical. Task force members identified and described dental practice problems more frequently in nonclinical areas of practice than in clinical areas. Practice management and administration problems accounted for 75 percent of all problems identified. Solution strategies to practice problems involve the use of multiple resources, and sometimes mix formal and informal resources. Peer consultation was the most frequently used resource, followed by independent study and the assistance of external professional support. Continuing education was the fourth most frequently mentioned resource used in problem-solving. Specific recommendations address research into the resources, skills and competencies used by dentists in solving practice problems. Efforts aimed at developing problem-oriented educational experiences in continuing dental education, particularly in areas of practice administration, were also recommended. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources Administration (DHHS/PHS), Hyattsville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Policy Research Inc., Baltimore, MD.