Satisfaction of Primary Healthcare Dentists after the Completion of a Distance Learning Course in Pediatric Dentistry

  • Caren Serra BAVARESCO Discipline of Dentistry and Society, Graduate Program in Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Lutheran University of Brazil, Canoas, RS, Brazil
  • Silvana BRAGANÇA Discipline of Pediatric Dentistry, Department of Conservative Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
  • Francine de Paula FRIES School of Dentistry, Lutheran University of Brazil, Canoas, RS, Brazil
  • Giordano Santana SÓRIA Graduate Program in Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Lutheran University of Brazil, Canoas, RS, Brazil
  • Flávio Renato Reis DE MOURA Discipline of Dentistry and Society, Graduate Program in Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Lutheran University of Brazil, Canoas, RS, Brazil
  • Elken Gomes RIVALDO Graduate Program in Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Lutheran University of Brazil, Canoas, RS, Brazil
  • Otávio Pereira D´ÁVILA Discipline of Epidemiology, Department of Collective Health, School of Dentistry, Federal University of Pelotas, Canoas, RS, Brazil
  • Roberto Nunes UMPIERRE Discipline of Family and Community Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine, Federal Uni-versity of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
  • Erno HARZHEIM Municipal Health Department, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
  • Jonas Almeida RODRIGUES Discipline of Pediatric Dentistry, Department of Conservative Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
Keywords: Pediatric dentistry, Satisfaction, Deciduos teeth, Primary healthcare, Distance learning

Abstract

Background: The aim of the present study was to assess the level of satisfaction of dentists working in primary healthcare (PHC) with a Distance learning (DL) course in pediatric dentistry offered by the TeleHealthRS center, and to the investigate possible associations between the variables indicative of their satisfaction and their performance on the questionnaires applied before and after the course. Methods: The course was offered in 2015 by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) together with the TeleHealthRS center in Brazil. Data were collected on the participants’ personal and professional profile, their pre- and post-course knowledge about pediatric dentistry, and their satisfaction with the course. Student's t-test and the ANOVA test were used to assess the possible associations between the variables indicative of their satisfaction and their performance on the questionnaires applied before and after the course. Results: Overall, the participants were satisfied with the course, however, no statistically significant association was found between the variables indicative of their satisfaction and the grades they earned on the pre- and post-course questionnaires. Conclusion: The available pediatric dentistry course received positive evaluations from the participants, constituting a possible strategy for the qualification of primary care dentists. Future studies are warranted to further investigate the expectations of DL course participants, aiming to enhance the quality of future editions of this learning modality for pediatric dentistry contents.  

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2019-07-18
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BAVARESCO CS, BRAGANÇA S, FRIES F de P, SÓRIA GS, DE MOURA FRR, RIVALDO EG, D´ÁVILAOP, UMPIERRE RN, HARZHEIM E, RODRIGUES JA. Satisfaction of Primary Healthcare Dentists after the Completion of a Distance Learning Course in Pediatric Dentistry. Iran J Public Health. 48(8):1439-1444.
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