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A Mixed-Methods Investigation Into General Dental Practitioners' Perceptions of the Influence of Postgraduate Dental Education on Dental Practice

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By: Peter D. Fine Published: 2017 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2
Methods: Focus groups
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Abstract

The role of a long-term postgraduate study in dentistry has not been studied. There is sufficient evidence to show both the success and limitations of short courses, and following the introduction of mandatory continuing professional development, these courses have become very popular. Based on sound pedagogical principles, the restorative dental practice program was seen as an ideal opportunity to look at a self-selected group of general dental practitioners embarking on a 5-year master’s program. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected, organized, analyzed, and interpreted by the researcher. A total of 144 participants in two cohorts started the study. The study involved questionnaires, focus group discussions, and personal interviews as the main methods of data collection, so the university ethics committee deemed that ethics approval ...

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