ERIC Number: ED200135
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Problem Definition and Solution Strategies in Dental Practice. Final Report, September 19, 1979-October 31, 1980.
Dane, J. K.; And Others
A study was conducted to identify and analyze clinical and nonclinical problems commonly met by dental practitioners, and the strategies and resources used by dentists to resolve these problems. Nearly 50 individuals in dentistry and related areas were organized into a steering committee and four task groups. Data were gathered through meetings of these groups and through written workbooks completed by participants. Results indicated that nonclinical practice problems are identified as problems more frequently than clinical problems, and are more difficult for practitioners to resolve. Different types of problems occur at different times in the lifetime of a dental practice, and a large number of problems are identified within the first five years of practice. Solution strategies to practice problems involve the use of multiple resources, frequently mixing formal resources such as education with informal peer consultation and independent study. Peer consultation was the most frequently mentioned resource in problem solving; continuing dental education was the fourth most frequently mentioned resource. Conclusions regarding the occurrence and distribution of problems in dental practice and the solution strategies employed in resolving problems are examined, and recommendations for research and development in problem-oriented continuing dental education are offered. Forms and materials used with group members are appended, along with a taxonomy of problem areas in dental practice and a list of resources for problem solving. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources Administration (DHHS/PHS), Hyattsville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Policy Research Inc., Baltimore, MD.