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J Dent Educ. 2006 Dec;70(12):1366-9.

Efficacy of a geriatric oral health CD as a learning tool.

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Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 921 N.E. 13 (11G), Oklahoma City, OK 73104, USA. Thomas-teasdale@ouhsc.edu

Abstract

To better prepare professionals to meet the needs of older patients, a self-instructional computer module on geriatric oral health was previously developed. A follow-up study reported here tested the efficacy of this educational tool for improving student knowledge of geriatric oral care. A convenience sampling procedure was used. Sample size calculation revealed that fifty-six subjects were required to meet clinical and statistical criteria. Paired t-test addressed our hypothesis that use of the educational tool is associated with improvement in knowledge. Fifty-eight first-year dental students and nine third-year medical students completed the pre-intervention test and were given the CD-based educational tool. After seven days, all participants completed the post-intervention test. Knowledge of geriatric oral health improved among the sixty-seven students included in this study (p=0.019). When stratified on the basis of viewing the CD-ROM, the subgroup of thirty-eight students who reported not actually reviewing the CD-ROM had no change in their knowledge scores, while the subgroup of twenty-nine students who reported reviewing the CD had a significant improvement in test scores (p<0.001). Use of a self-instructional e-learning tool in geriatric oral health is effective among those students who choose to employ such tools.

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17170329
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