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Mustakallio, S, Näpänkangas, R, Narbutaite, J, Virtanen, JI. Graduating dentists’ perceptions about their professional competence in Finland and Lithuania. Eur J Dent Educ. 2020; 24: 227– 232. https://doi.org/10.1111/eje.12488

Graduating dentists’ perceptions about their professional competence in Finland and Lithuania

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Author: Mustakallio, Sakari1,2; Näpänkangas, Ritva2,3; Narbutaite, Julija4;
Organizations: 1Kallio Public Health Care, Ylivieska, Finland
2Research Unit of Oral Health Sciences, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3Medical Research Center, Oulu University Hospital and University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
4Clinic for Preventive and Pediatric Dentistry, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania
5Department of Clinical Dentistry, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2020060440737
Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-12-16
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Abstract

Aims: Efforts to harmonise dental education in Europe have been put into action by the Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE). The aim of the study was to explore graduating dentists’ perceptions about their professional readiness for clinical work in Finland and Lithuania.

Materials and methods: The survey targeted fifth‐year dental students at the University of Oulu and the University of Turku in Finland, and at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania (Lithuanian and international students) in 2016‐2017. The competences were evaluated in the questionnaire in 21 dental procedures based on ADEE competences by options: “I’d manage well,” “I’d need more training” or “It would not quite succeed.” The option “I’d manage well” was chosen in the analyses.

Results: Students felt that they were most competent in producing and maintaining accurate patient records (91.9%), implementing sterilisation and hygiene in dental practice (91.3%) and working with other members of dental team and health profession (90.0%). The largest differences between Finnish and Lithuanian students were in designing and adjusting occlusal splints (87.0% vs. 14.3%) and in undertaking subgingival scaling (95.7% vs. 57.1%). The biggest differences between Lithuanian and international students were in identifying (and treating) abnormal and anxiety‐related patient (73.1% vs. 25.5%) and implementing tobacco cessation (65.3% vs. 31.9%).

Conclusions: The graduating dental students in Finland and Lithuania manage well in most of the clinical procedures based on the ADEE competences. The students were most confident when dealing with tasks that are common in dental practice.

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Series: European journal of dental education
ISSN: 1396-5883
ISSN-E: 1600-0579
ISSN-L: 1396-5883
Volume: 24
Issue: 2
Pages: 227 - 232
DOI: 10.1111/eje.12488
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.1111/eje.12488
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 313 Dentistry
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Copyright information: © 2019 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Mustakallio, S, Näpänkangas, R, Narbutaite, J, Virtanen, JI. Graduating dentists’ perceptions about their professional competence in Finland and Lithuania. Eur J Dent Educ. 2020; 24: 227– 232, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/eje.12488. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving