The purpose of this study was to examine the trends in numbers, demographic characteristics, and treatment history of pediatric dental patients under the care of dental students over the period 1980 through 1994. Data were collected for: exams, sealants, surfaces of amalgam, composite resin surfaces, pulpotomies, stainless steel crowns, and extractions. Correlations were done across the 15-year period to determine significant trends over time. During the 15-year period, the average number of patient visits required for each student to complete the requisite number of patients, declined from 45 appointments to complete 10 patients in 1980, to 35 visits to complete 13 patients in 1994. Over time, the numbers of amalgam surfaces, pulpotomies, extractions and stainless steel crowns decreased significantly, while the number of composite resin surfaces increased (P < 0.05). Based on a previous outcome assessment that indicated declining numbers of procedures performed between 1980 and 1985, the required number of patients treated per student was raised from 10 to 13, be-ginning with the 1986 class.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1996|
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