A Peer-Reviewed Publication Written by Sharon L. Mossman, RDH, Ed.D
Oral health has emerged as a nationwide concern. With our changing healthcare system, we need to explore various avenues to provide effective preventive health services and programs. Collaboration with healthcare professionals can facilitate this initiative by expanding access to dental care. Dental hygienists in community healthcare facilities can work with dental education programs to broaden oral health services. In order to align educational goals and effective patient treatment, constructive assessment tools and formal training are needed to meet our community's oral care demands. This course provides steps to implementing standardized efficient assessment and offers a guide to initiating a collaborative program with local healthcare facilities in your community.
At the conclusion of this educational activity participants will be able to:
1. Identify collaborative community initiatives that can improve patient care.
2. Implement a teaching protocol that encourages a multifaceted clinical experience enhancing dental hygiene students' performance.
3. Design an assessment tool that calibrates students' clinical evaluations at extramural clinics.
4. Employ basic and advanced instrumentation techniques to improve clinical performance.
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