Digital Learning for all Future Oral Health Practitioners to enhance prevention focused Caries Management

Rebecca Chen, Dr Grace Wong, Dr Carrie Tsai

Digital Learning for all Future Oral Health Practitioners to enhance prevention focused caries management.
Aims: To assess the effectiveness and acceptance of a simulated electronic health record teaching tool to enhance students to develop appropriate prevention focused treatment plans based on the Caries Management System
Background: There is growing evidence to show that the dental hygienist/oral health therapist has a large role to play in the delivery of prevention focused treatment plan in the primary-care setting which means their understanding and education of prevention focused treatment plans and their ability to navigate technology that assists them with this delivery is important. Evidence surrounding the Technology acceptance models for use in the dental context is still a relatively innovative area of research, the simulated educational tool is also uniquely targeted towards a prevention model of care has not been previously assessed.
Methods: To fulfill the objective, BOH students will be given a questionnaire at the end of the teaching semester specific to the Simulated Electronic health record platform, which has been created based on the constructs of the Combined Technology Acceptance Model – Theory of Planned Behaviour model (C-TAM-TPB) (Nkenke et al., 2012). This questionnaire will be placed and delivered through the University’s RedCAP system and students will have the opportunity to complete the questionnaire. Statistical analysis will be used to analyse the correlations between the domains to assess the acceptance of this specific educational teaching tool.
Results & Conclusions: Initial results based on convenience sampling of the Bachelor of Oral Health Students at the University of Sydney, indicate a broad acceptance of the digital teaching tool, with further analysis within each domain by August 2019.
University of Sydney Ethics Committee HERC 2018/056