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Br Dent J. 2001 Sep 8;191(5):265-70.

Experiences and perceptions of vocational training reported by the 1999 cohort of vocational dental practitioners and their trainers in England and Wales.

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Division of Conservative Dentistry, School of Dentistry, King's College, London.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the self-reported confidence of vocational dental practitioners (VDPs) in clinical procedures together with vocational trainers' perceptions of the VDPs confidence in the same procedures, immediately after qualification and towards the end of the vocational training year.

DESIGN:

A questionnaire-based cohort study.

SETTING:

A general practice study carried out in 1999.

SUBJECTS:

Vocational Dental Practitioners and vocational trainers in England and Wales.

METHOD:

VDPs and trainers were asked on a single occasion to grade the clinical confidence of the VDP at the beginning and near the end of vocational training as high, satisfactory or low.

RESULTS:

Questionnaires were sent to 531 VDPs and 555 trainers; 82 per cent of VDPs and trainers responded. Approximately half the VDPs were male and 57 per cent were white, whilst 89 per cent of trainers were male and 81 per cent white. A large proportion of both VDPs and trainers reported low confidence in orthodontics, molar endodontics and surgical extractions at the start of the training year. Towards the end of training, both groups reported improved confidence levels in most clinical procedures. However, a higher proportion of trainers reported low confidence than their VDPs in most clinical procedures at both time points (p<0.001). VDPs appeared to gain most from experience and training in administration/management and interpersonal skills.

CONCLUSION:

Vocational training appears to satisfy its aim to enhance clinical and administrative confidence.

PMID:
11575763
DOI:
10.1038/sj.bdj.4801159a
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