ERIC Number: ED309671
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Prospectus for Dental Hygiene. April 1988.
American Dental Hygienists' Association, Chicago, IL.
A prospectus providing a rational basis for decision and action in the field of dental hygiene is presented, noting that all occupations are obliged to assess their value to society and take whatever actions are indicated to fulfill their social contract. A philosophical and conceptual foundation for change is examined. Three chapters focus on the following: societal trends and issues for health care (changes in American demographics and social structure, changes in American values, the issue of health care costs, the issue of quality health care, and status of oral disease); dental hygiene practice (American values and dental hygiene practice, broader perspectives of preventive practice, diversity of practice configurations and practice sites, and diversity of role responsibilities); and dental hygiene education in the future (to allow for the reorganization of professional courses to prepare dental hygienists for 21st century practice). The American Dental Hygienists' Association has committed its resources to programs which will contribute to the orderly evolution of dental hygiene and is implementing programs to do such things as: obtain comprehensive nationwide demographic data on dental hygienists; promote and support masters degree programs in dental hygiene education; and promote and support education of dental hygienists at the doctoral level in social, biomedical, and behavioral sciences. Contains 96 references. (SM)
Descriptors: Allied Health Personnel, Dental Hygienists, Dental Schools, Dentistry, Educational Quality, Postsecondary Education, Professional Education, Self Evaluation (Groups), Standards
American Dental Hygienists' Association, 444 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 3400, Chicago, IL 60611 ($15.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Dental Hygienists' Association, Chicago, IL.