Dental Students' Learning Experiences and Preferences Regarding Orofacial Pain: A Cross-Sectional Study.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Pain is a global health problem, the effects of which range from diminished quality of life to pain management costs and loss of work and productivity. Pain in the head and neck region is defined as a separate entity: orofacial pain (OFP). However, some graduates from dental schools have reported feeling less competent in their ability to diagnose OFP than in other areas of dentistry. The aims of this study were to assess how students at one U.S. dental school had learned about OFP and to identify the teaching methods and venues they would like to see enhanced in the school's OFP curriculum. A cross-sectional four-question survey was administered to 140 dental students in their third and fourth years; the survey had a response rate of 53%. Most students reported having gained their OFP knowledge mainly in dental school, and 91.9% selected didactic courses as the main teaching method in which they had learned about this topic. Clinical education was the main teaching venue these students said they would like to see enhanced in order to gain more knowledge in most forms of OFP; this result aligned with their learning preferences in general. These findings may help dental schools design their OFP curricula to take account of students' preferences as well as practical limitations regarding availability of clinical experiences.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Teich, ST; Alonso, AA; Lang, L; Heima, M

Published Date

  • October 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 79 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 1208 - 1214

PubMed ID

  • 26427780

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1930-7837


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States