Tobacco dependence education in U.S. dental assisting programs' curricula

Emily Svetanoff, Laura Romito, Pamela T. Ford, Charles J. Palenik, Joan M. Davis

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess the level of tobacco dependence education (TDE) in the curricula of U.S. dental assisting programs and to compare the findings to those from a similar assessment of dental hygiene curricula. In the 2012-13 academic year, a 51-item survey was sent to directors of all 298 accredited dental assisting programs. Assessed were curricular TDE content, time spent on each topic, expected levels of clinical competence, and resources used. Of the 298 potential participants, 89 programs returned completed surveys, for a response rate of 30%. Of the 13 TDE-related content areas, those most often covered were oral disease related to tobacco use (100%) and general diseases related to tobacco use (93%); those least often covered were stages of (behavior) change (29%), how to develop a comprehensive tobacco intervention program in a private office setting (23%), and strategies for community-based tobacco control (22%). Responding program directors indicated the following levels of tobacco cessation intervention at which students should demonstrate competence: brief, 44%; moderate, 55%; intensive, 8%. Less than half of the reporting programs conducted a formal assessment of clinical competence in any TDE-related skills; however, skills in assessing patient tobacco use and associating head and neck findings to tobacco use were formally or informally assessed by 74% and 61%, respectively. Compared to dental hygiene programs, TDE appeared to play a smaller role in the curricula of dental assisting programs, and dental assisting programs were less likely to formally assess clinical competence in TDE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)378-387
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Dental Education
Volume79
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015

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Tobacco Use Disorder
Curriculum
nicotine
Tooth
Tobacco Use
Education
curriculum
Clinical Competence
education
Oral Hygiene
Tobacco
Mouth Diseases
Tobacco Use Cessation
dental hygiene
Mental Competency
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Neck
Head
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Keywords

  • Allied dental education
  • Curriculum
  • Dental assisting
  • Dental assisting education
  • Smoking cessation
  • Tobacco dependence education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)
  • Education
  • Medicine(all)

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Svetanoff, E., Romito, L., Ford, P. T., Palenik, C. J., & Davis, J. M. (2015). Tobacco dependence education in U.S. dental assisting programs' curricula. Journal of Dental Education, 79(4), 378-387.

Tobacco dependence education in U.S. dental assisting programs' curricula. / Svetanoff, Emily; Romito, Laura; Ford, Pamela T.; Palenik, Charles J.; Davis, Joan M.

In: Journal of Dental Education, Vol. 79, No. 4, 01.04.2015, p. 378-387.

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Svetanoff, E, Romito, L, Ford, PT, Palenik, CJ & Davis, JM 2015, 'Tobacco dependence education in U.S. dental assisting programs' curricula', Journal of Dental Education, vol. 79, no. 4, pp. 378-387.
Svetanoff, Emily ; Romito, Laura ; Ford, Pamela T. ; Palenik, Charles J. ; Davis, Joan M. / Tobacco dependence education in U.S. dental assisting programs' curricula. In: Journal of Dental Education. 2015 ; Vol. 79, No. 4. pp. 378-387.
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