Influence of dental education on adoption and integration of technological aids in the delivery of endodontic care by dental practitioners: a survey
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OriginalversjonActa Odontologica Scandinavica. 2022, 80 (8), 611-618. 10.1080/00016357.2022.2071986
Objective To investigate adoption and integration of technological aids during endodontic treatment and where dental practitioners (DPs) learnt to use this technology. Materials and methods An electronic questionnaire was distributed to all 459 dentists who graduated from University of Bergen between 2008 and 2018. The respondents were divided into two cohorts, older graduates (2008–2013) and newer graduates(2014–2018). Results A total of 314(68.4%) DPs answered the questionnaire. Magnification in the form of dental operating microscopes (DOM) and dental loupes was used by 180 (59.6%), electronic apex locators (EAL) by 271(89.7%) and motor-driven files by 281 (93.4%) DPs. The most frequent response, as to where they learnt to use them was: during undergraduate dental (UG) education. Significantly more newer graduates (90.7%) performed instrumentation based on what they learnt during UG education (p < .001). Older graduates based their instrumentation method equally on what they learnt during UG education (51.9%) and continuing dental education(42.6%). Rubber dam was used during all treatment procedures by 93% of the DPs. Conclusions UG education is a communication channel with long-lasting importance for adoption and integration of technology by DPs. Exposure to innovations (awareness) during UG education is adequate for integration of technology. Continuing dental education is as valuable as UG education for adoption of technology for older graduates.