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ERIC Number: ED430478
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Acquisition of a Touching Style in Dentistry: An Exploratory Study.
Schifter, Catherine C.; Bogert, Meredith; Boston, Daniel
This qualitative study explored the perceptions of dental students, faculty, and graduate students on the development of a sense of touch in dental practice. Eight focus groups were held: four were comprised of third-year dental students (n=22), two of advanced, general dentistry postgraduate students (n=11), and two of dental faculty (n=8). Each group discussed the same six questions concerning the use of touch with patients. Dental students, graduate students, and faculty all described two basic forms of touch reassuring and procedural. Some students said they avoided touching patients as much as possible, and both students and faculty noted that during the clinical portion of the curriculum, there is no "formal" instruction or emphasis on learning how to touch patients in the dental setting. The findings suggest two possible reasons why students struggle to learn how to touch patients while in school: (1) the culture of the dental school, and (2) the "fine line" that appears to prevent students from asking for guidance or faculty from offering guidance to students. A commonly expressed recommendation was that students should have earlier clinical experience. (Contains 34 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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