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Geriatric Dentistry Curriculum in Six Continents

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Clinical Research Unit (CRU)-Centro de Investigação Interdisciplinar Egas Moniz (CiiEM), Instituto Universitário Egas Moniz (IUEM), 2829-511 Caparica, Portugal
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Department of Prosthodontics and Dows Institute for Dental Research, University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA
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Quantitative Methods for Health Research Unit (MQIS), CiiEM, IUEM, 2829-511 Monte de Caparica, Portugal
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(13), 4682; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17134682
Received: 31 May 2020 / Revised: 21 June 2020 / Accepted: 24 June 2020 / Published: 29 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dental Public Health: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities)
The purpose of this study was to examine the presence of geriatric dentistry (GD) in the curricula of worldwide dental schools, and to identify and compare their curriculum content. Eighty-three dental schools (16.4% response rate), from 24 countries, in six continents, completed a 25-item online questionnaire, to assess their GD curriculum, and were included in the study. GD was a mandatory course in 56 dental schools (67.5%), an independent subject in 14 schools (16.9%), and was taught as a series of lectures in 31 schools (37.4%). Clinically, 56 dental schools (67.5%) had some form of mandatory education in GD. The type of school, location and method of presentation were not associated with greater interest in expanding their curriculum in GD (p = 0.256, p = 0.276, and p = 0.919, respectively, using the Chi-square test). We found GD is a curriculum requirement in most of the surveyed dental schools and is becoming more common among dental school curricula. This survey is the first study to present data from dental schools from all continents, using a web-based survey which is a resourceful, less-expensive tool to gather data. View Full-Text
Keywords: geriatric dentistry; curriculum development; dental care for aged geriatric dentistry; curriculum development; dental care for aged
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Xavier, I.; Ettinger, R.L.; Proença, L.; Botelho, J.; Machado, V.; Rua, J.; Delgado, A.S.; Mendes, J.J. Geriatric Dentistry Curriculum in Six Continents. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 4682.

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