Analysis of the Medical Dentists educational framework…

International analysis of the Medical Dentists educational framework in terms of communication. 

We are glad to invite you to read the newest European publication on Medical Dentists’ education system. “International comparative analysis of the Medical Dentists educational framework in terms of communication” includes data from four European countries, developed in a pioneering way as the comprehensive report. Readers will find there statistical data on dentists and dental students and interesting information on the educational system in the context of communication between the dentist and the patient.

Currently, many patients require from dentists full attention, empathy, easily understandable explanation of the procedure and conditions to freely express their needs, fears or doubts. Non-medical issues often determine the choice of a dentist or treatment continuation. In addition, studies indicate that approx. 75% patients are afraid of dental visits (Milgrom P., Weinstein P., Getz T., 1995) and the number of people suffering from serious dentophobia can be estimated at 10% (Bracha HS, Vega EM CB Vega, 2006). In this context, the ability to effectively communicate with patients is particularly important in the profession of a dentist. Meanwhile, studies show that dentists need to improve their communication skills. The US data published in the Journal of the American Dental Association show that 73% dentists have never taken part in the training of communication, and 69% would like to take part in an additional course on this topic.

Therefore, an important task was checking at what extent European education model is adjusted to the increasing needs. We have analysed the educational system of dentists in terms of teaching competences of building relationships with patients and effective communication. The research was conducted in four European countries by KIKO Business Solutions from Poland, Mind Master Creative from Romania, SYNOLIC ltd from Greece and ÖTZ-NLP & NLPt from Austria.

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The publication is available here: Compatrative analysis of MD edu framework in 4 EU

The data indicate that in the vast majority of European countries profession of a dentist is chosen more often by women than men. In Poland among the dentists more than 75% are women, in Greece – 60%, in Austria – 42% and in Romania – 68%. According to the report of the Council of European Dentists annual intake in dentistry equals about 1,230 people in Poland (the fourth in Europe), 1800 people in Romania (the second in Europe), 250 people in Greece and 165 people in Austria. An important conclusion from the analysis is the fact that communication skills are not taught as separate courses on most analysed universities (especially in the obligatory study programmes). There were no courses on such topic in reports from Greece and Austria. In Romania some universities offer a variety of courses in this subject, because Romania with 13 universities is one of the most competitive countries in Europe in terms of dental education. In Poland some among 10 medical universities offer non-obligatory courses on communication, coping with stress, empathy and relationship with patients.

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The Polish language version of the extended chapter of the International analysis of the Medical Dentists educational framework in terms of communication is available here >>  Międzynarodowa analiza porównawcza modelu nauczania lekarzy dentystów w kontekście komunikacji- poszerzony rozdział dotyczący Polski