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Eur J Dent Educ. 2014 Feb;18(1):7-14. doi: 10.1111/eje.12050. Epub 2013 Apr 10.

Audit to assess the quality of communication between operators and technicians in a fixed prosthodontic laboratory: educational and training implications.

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Glasgow Dental Hospital and School, Glasgow, UK.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This audit aimed to assess the quality of communication between dental students/qualified dentists and dental technicians, increase the percentage of satisfactorily completed laboratory prescriptions and reduce the number of errors that can result from poor communication. A subsidiary aim was to educate students and staff in this respect.

METHOD:

An audit of laboratory prescription completion was conducted within Dundee Dental Hospital. Four hundred and eighteen prescriptions for indirect fixed restorations completed by dental undergraduates and qualified staff were audited over a three month period (first audit cycle). Educational reminders on laboratory prescriptions were then provided to undergraduates and qualified staff, a further three hundred and twenty-two prescriptions were audited (second audit cycle) and compared with the first cycle.

RESULTS:

Satisfactorily completed prescriptions increased from 28% to 43% following basic educational intervention. However, this percentage still signifies a poor level of completion and the need for improvement. Some aspects of the prescription were completed better than others, but overall the standard remained poor with a significant number failing to comply with guidelines set by the UK General Dental Council, the European Union's Medical Devices Directive and the British Society for Restorative Dentistry (BSRD).

CONCLUSION:

Further undergraduate and staff training on laboratory prescription writing will be necessary through staff training events and developments in the undergraduate curriculum.

KEYWORDS:

audit; communication; dental laboratory

PMID:
24423170
DOI:
10.1111/eje.12050
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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