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Dent. J. 2017, 5(4), 31; https://doi.org/10.3390/dj5040031

A Qualitative Evaluation of Clinical Audit in UK Dental Foundation Training

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Training Programme Director Coventry Foundation Training Scheme, Health Education West Midlands, 213 Hagley Road, Birmingham B16 9RG, UK
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Principal Teaching Fellow, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, CV4 7AL Coventry, UK
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Received: 1 October 2017 / Revised: 31 October 2017 / Accepted: 7 November 2017 / Published: 10 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Feature Papers)
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Clinical Audit (CA) has been recognized as a useful tool for tool for improving service delivery, clinical governance, and the education and performance of the dental team. This study develops the discussion by investigating its use as an educational tool within UK Dental Foundation Training (DFT). The aim was to investigate the views of Foundation Dentists (FDs) and Training Programme Directors (TPDs) on the CA module in their FD training schemes, to provide insight and recommendations for those supervising and undertaking CA. A literature review was conducted followed by a qualitative research methodology, using group interviews. The interviews were transcribed and thematically analyzed using NVIVO, a Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis tool. CA was found to be a useful tool for teaching management and professionalism and can bring some improvement to clinical practice, but TPDs have doubts about the long-term effects on service delivery. The role of the Educational Supervisor (ES) is discussed and recommendations are given for those supervising and conducting CA. View Full-Text
Keywords: Clinical Audit; Dental Foundation Training; qualitative research; group interviews; continuing professional development; clinical governance; post-graduate dental education; professionalism; management and leadership Clinical Audit; Dental Foundation Training; qualitative research; group interviews; continuing professional development; clinical governance; post-graduate dental education; professionalism; management and leadership
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