Gerodontology in the dental school curriculum: a scoping review

Nilsson, Angie, Young, Louise, Glass, Beverley, and Lee, Andrew (2021) Gerodontology in the dental school curriculum: a scoping review. Gerodontology, 38 (4). pp. 325-337.

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Objective: To explore the current status of gerodontology in the undergraduate dental curriculum. Background: Internationally, there is recognition for the need to include gerodontology in dental education due to accelerating numbers of older dentate people. There is wide variation in the content and method of delivery of gerodontology in undergraduate curricula of dental schools.

Methods: A scoping review framework was chosen to identify existing gaps and key concepts in the research on current undergraduate gerodontology education. Arksey and O’Malley's framework was used with the qualitative data analysis software NVivo to identify comparable information on geriatric dental education.

Results: Five themes were highlighted in the studies including (1) gerodontology curriculum content, (2) attitudes, skills and knowledge of undergraduate dental students, (3) didactic teaching, (4) elective and compulsory teaching, and (5) extra-mural learning. The review found large variations in methodologies, presentation of data and findings. All studies emphasised a need for greater inclusion of gerodontology content in the undergraduate dental curriculum.

Conclusion: The review found limited research reporting on the educational outcomes of gerodontology in dental curricula with a lack of comprehensive information to inform gerodontology content in dental schools. This review has highlighted the need for national and international guidelines to ensure mandatory inclusion of sufficient and specific gerodontology training to prepare graduates for a growing dentate frail and care-dependent population.

Item ID: 70710
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1741-2358
Keywords: curriculum, dental school, dentist, Gerodontology
Copyright Information: © 2021 Gerodontology Association.
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2022 02:48
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