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Developing a national dental education research strategy: priorities, barriers and enablers

Ajjawi, Rola, Barton, Karen L., Dennis, Ashley A. and Rees, Charlotte E. 2017, Developing a national dental education research strategy: priorities, barriers and enablers, BMJ open, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 1-12, doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013129.

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Title Developing a national dental education research strategy: priorities, barriers and enablers
Author(s) Ajjawi, RolaORCID iD for Ajjawi, Rola orcid.org/0000-0003-0651-3870
Barton, Karen L.
Dennis, Ashley A.
Rees, Charlotte E.
Journal name BMJ open
Volume number 7
Issue number 3
Article ID e013129
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher BMJ Group
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2017-03
ISSN 2044-6055
Keyword(s) EDUCATION & TRAINING (see Medical Education & Training)
STATISTICS & RESEARCH METHODS
dental education research
online questionnaire
priority setting
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Medicine, General & Internal
General & Internal Medicine
MEDICAL-EDUCATION
SETTING PRIORITIES
PRIMARY-CARE
PRACTITIONERS
WASTE
Summary Objectives This study aimed to identify national dental education research (DER) priorities for the next 3–5 years and to identify barriers and enablers to DER.

Setting Scotland.

Participants In this two-stage online questionnaire study, we collected data with multiple dental professions (eg, dentistry, dental nursing and dental hygiene) and stakeholder groups (eg, learners, clinicians, educators, managers, researchers and academics). Eighty-five participants completed the Stage 1 qualitative questionnaire and 649 participants the Stage 2 quantitative questionnaire.

Results Eight themes were identified at Stage 1. Of the 24 DER priorities identified, the top three were: role of assessments in identifying competence; undergraduate curriculum prepares for practice and promoting teamwork. Following exploratory factor analysis, the 24 items loaded onto four factors: teamwork and professionalism, measuring and enhancing performance, dental workforce issues and curriculum integration and innovation. Barriers and enablers existed at multiple levels: individual, interpersonal, institutional structures and cultures and technology.

Conclusions This priority setting exercise provides a necessary first step to developing a national DER strategy capturing multiple perspectives. Promoting DER requires improved resourcing alongside efforts to overcome peer stigma and lack of valuing and motivation.
Language eng
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013129
Field of Research 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2017, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
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