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Undergraduate dental students' perceptions of dental pain in children - A grounded theory study.
Malmö University, Faculty of Odontology (OD).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9192-4035
Malmö University, Faculty of Odontology (OD).
Malmö University, Faculty of Odontology (OD).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3362-3362
Malmö University, Faculty of Odontology (OD).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1371-8770
2024 (English)In: European journal of dental education, ISSN 1396-5883, E-ISSN 1600-0579Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

INTRODUCTION: There is an underuse of pain management strategies in dental care for children, possibly owing to perceived stress and discomfort when treating children, which has also been reported by dental students. The aim of this study was to explore how undergraduate dental students experience and understand pain related to dental treatment in children.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Interviews were held with 21 Swedish dental students, from 3 dental schools, all in their final 2 years of education. The interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed according to Grounded Theory.

RESULTS: A core category, seeking guidance to avoid pain, was identified and related to 6 conceptual categories. The students used different strategies to manage pain prevention in child dentistry and to become skilled dentists. They described high levels of stress, as well as having high expectations on themselves when treating children. The stress led to a surface learning approach, something the students were not fully aware of.

CONCLUSION: All children should have the right to be ensured optimal pain prevention in dental care. The basis for this is laid during undergraduate education. Thus, pain management in child dentistry is an area in need of special attention in this respect. The academic staff has an important role in supporting their students in their process to gain an identity as professional dentists. To ensure that students incorporate an understanding of the importance of pain prevention when treating children there is a need to create more integration between theory and clinical training in undergraduate education.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2024.
Keywords [en]
child, dental education, dental student, paediatric dentistry, pain, procedural pain
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Dentistry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-66653DOI: 10.1111/eje.13008ISI: 001197309800001PubMedID: 38581212Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85189984468OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-66653DiVA, id: diva2:1850069
Available from: 2024-04-09 Created: 2024-04-09 Last updated: 2024-06-14Bibliographically approved

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