Using clinical cases to stimulate active learning in a short periodontal continuing professional development course

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Using clinical cases to stimulate active learning in a short periodontal continuing professional development course
Author Koole, Sebastiaan ; Thevissen, Eric ; Linden, Ulf ; Klinge, Björn ; de Bruyn, Hugo
Date 2015
English abstract
A case-based approach was used in a two-day periodontal continuing professional development course as a strategy to stimulate active learning. The present study investigates the outcome of this course format in terms of feasibility, perceived efficiency as a learning approach and reported individual learning goals. The study was performed in five identical courses entitled 'risk analysis and treatment in periodontal patients' at Malmo University between 2011-2014. Before the course, clinical cases were used to activate participants' prior knowledge and to attune their focus on the course content. During the course, cases were discussed to synchronise theory with practical application. A pre- and end-course questionnaire were developed to evaluate participants' characteristics (age, clinical expertise, experience and expectations), perceptions on feasibility and instructiveness and emerged individual learning goals. The participants (39 dentists and 78 dental hygienists) reported an average preparation time of 62 minutes (range 2-190) and had positive perceptions on the accessibility, instructiveness and difficulty of cases. Expectations ranged between refreshing, acquiring new knowledge and mastering the course subject. Most reported learning goals were related to daily clinical practice including the development of a treatment plan, when to continue non-surgical treatment or to extract teeth/perform surgery, the approach to periodontitis, how to motivate non-compliant patients and when to refer. Conclusion:The use of clinical cases to stimulate active learning in a short-term continuing professional development periodontal course was positively perceived by the dentists and dental hygienists in terms of feasibility and learning potential.
Publisher Swedish Dental Journal
Host/Issue Swedish Dental Journal;1
Volume 39
ISSN 0347-9994
Pages 1-10
Language eng (iso)
Subject Case-based learning
continuing professional development
periodontology
dentists
dental hygienists
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/27380 Permalink to this page
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