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Domingos M, Roberts A, Hayes M.
IADR Irish Division Annual Meeting
Undergraduate Perceptions of Eating Disorders and Their Management
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Pathological Tooth Surface Loss (TSL) is an increasing challenge for Dental Health Care Professionals (DHCPs). Eating Disorders (ED) patients may present with TSL and future DHCPs should be aware of the medical, dental and general management ED patients who may present with TSL. OBJECTIVE: To determine the perceptions of undergraduate students at Cork University Dental School and Hospital (CUDSH) towards their training and management of patients with ED. METHODS: Following ethical approval from the Social Research Ethics Committee of UCC (2017-035) an online questionnaire was developed and distributed to Final Year Dental (FYD; n=47) and Dental Hygiene (FYDH; n=14) students approaching the end of their studies (May 2017). RESULTS: There was a response rate for FYD (n=19; 40%) and FYDH (n=12; 86%) with no obvious trends differentiating the perceptions of FYDs and FYDHs. The perceived confidence of students in approaching ED patients about their condition varied widely. A small number of respondents perceived inadequate training in relation to oral manifestations (32%) and dental management (16%) of ED patients. In relation to the medical management (90%), personality traits (71%) and psychological needs (81%), students perceived a requirement for further training. A total of 4 FYDs and 1 FYDH reported personal management of an ED patient during their studies. Overall, 77% of respondents were unaware of dedicated local support services available to ED patients with 94% of respondents unaware of the Eating Disorder Centre in Cork. CONCLUSION: The perception of FYDs and FYDHs at CUDSH in relation to their training in the oral and dental management of ED patients with TSL was positive however, both groups of undergraduates were largely unaware of the medical and psychological support services available to ED patients. Training institutes should ensure a holistic (general, medical and dental) approach to training and management of ED patients.
UCC CoMH Sure Award 2017 (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience)
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