Date of Graduation

Winter 12-18-2015

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Science in Behavioral Health (MSBH)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

Abstract

As healthcare continues to evolve, providers will need to uphold the quality of patient care provided to patients. Traditional healthcare holds many gaps that do not recognize the unmet needs that exist within today’s society. To maximize the abilities of healthcare services, inter-professional education introduces a collaborative approach that develops a network of shared knowledge and clinical skills beyond the primary scope of practice.

In this project, oral health learning modules developed for family practice residents were introduced to first-year dental students at the Dugoni School of Dentistry to improve their knowledge and confidence to both educate and practice with young children and pregnant patients. Using a pre and post-test and learning modules provided by Smiles for Life: Child Oral Health and Oral Health in the Pregnant Patient, students were evaluated to determine their change in knowledge and confidence levels to provide oral health education and practice clinical skills. Students were also evaluated base on their past experiences with these populations and whether the learning modules were helpful in their Integrated Clinical Science I Workshop.

The study showed a significant increase in knowledge and confidence levels in both learning modules. However, students demonstrated higher confidence levels to providing oral health education compared to practicing clinical skills.

Proposing a collective approach to patient care seeks to address the obstacles that hinder patients from seeking the appropriate care they need. After conducting a pilot study, it is recommended that other health professions and universities adopt an innovative approach to enhancing patient care.

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