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ERIC Number: ED232506
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of a Program for Training Dentists in the Care of Handicapped Patients.
Campbell, Joel T.; And Others
A program for improving and expanding dental education concerning treatment of the handicapped was evaluated and compared to dental education programs that were not funded to address the needs of the handicapped. Eleven dental schools received funding during 1975-1978 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the special training. Various kinds of evaluative measures were employed, including measures of the appropriate technical knowledge for handicapped care, and attitudes about treatment of handicapped persons in actual practice. A second part of the evaluation effort was a followup survey of the graduates of the 11 target schools in the years 1974, 1976, and 1978 to determine the nature and extent of the handicapped patients in their practice. The data were supplemented by observations made during site visits to the schools. In addition, graduates of 10 schools that had not been funded were surveyed in 1978 and 1980. Extensive data are presented concerning results of a knowledge test, clinical experience with handicapped patients, treatment planning alternatives, student background characteristics, and followup results. Followup site visits to nine schools who were funded to provide the special training revealed that each of the schools were honoring their commitment to continue the program with their own resources. Questionnaires are included. (SW)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Clinical Experience, Dental Schools, Dentists, Disabilities, Followup Studies, Higher Education, Knowledge Level, Patients, Program Evaluation, School Surveys, Student Characteristics
Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, New Brunswick, NJ.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.