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JAER > Volume 6, Number 3, August 2021

Teledentistry in a Dental Students’ Examination – Assessing the Acceptance and Feasibility of a Virtual Dental Examination

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DOI: 10.22606/jaer.2021.63001

Author(s)
Britz, Vanessa;, Sterz, Jasmina;, Ruesseler, Miriam;, Thoenissen, Phillip;, Sader, Robert;, Seifert, Lukas Benedikt
Affiliation(s)
Frankfurt Interdisciplinary Simulation Center FIneST, Medical Faculty, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany; Frankfurt Reference Centre for Rare Disease, University Hospital, Frankfurt, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
Frankfurt Interdisciplinary Simulation Center FIneST, Medical Faculty, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany; Department for Trauma-, Hand- and Reconstructive Surgery, University Hospital Frankfurt, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
Frankfurt Interdisciplinary Simulation Center FIneST, Medical Faculty, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany; Department for Trauma-, Hand- and Reconstructive Surgery, University Hospital Frankfurt, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
Department of Oral, Cranio-Maxillofacial, and Facial Plastic Surgery, University Hospital Frankfurt, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
Department of Oral, Cranio-Maxillofacial, and Facial Plastic Surgery, University Hospital Frankfurt, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
Department of Oral, Cranio-Maxillofacial, and Facial Plastic Surgery, University Hospital Frankfurt, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
Abstract
Due to the coronavirus pandemia, dental schools are facing a change onto virtual solutions. Teledentistry has proven to be an opportunity to bridge this gap. This study aims to assess the feasibility and acceptance of a virtual dental examination. It took place during the final maxillofacial examination. Study participants were dental students and real inpatients. A video-call-software was used to carry out the examination. To assess the acceptance participants filled out a questionnaire afterwards. 22 patients answered the questionnaire. They didn’t ‘feel inhibited’ and had no ‘difficulties developing a relationship with the student’. 28 students answered the questionnaire. They found the conversation at eye level but expressed more inhibitions than the patients in a virtual setting, still finding themselves able to have an adequate doctor-patient conversation. Telemedicine seems well accepted on patients’ and students’ side, offering a safe alternative to enable students to maintain dental teaching in a pandemic situation.
Keywords
dental examination; teledentistry; virtual examination; Covid-19; undergraduate education.
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