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Behavior Guidance Symposium Workshop B Report – Training Implications

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The purpose of Workshop B was to discuss the implications of this symposium for training of pediatric dental residents and predoctoral dental students, as well as continuing education for general dentists as related to behavior guidance. Participants also considered the implications of the symposium proceedings for practice in terms of informed consent, practice patterns, and provision of information to patients regarding behavior guidance. Workshop B identified a variety of dental educational methodologies used to promote understanding among dentists who provide pediatric dental care to diverse populations. There was a consensus that the indications, use, and documentation of basic behavior guidance techniques need to be defined and clarified by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and disseminated appropriately. Workshop participants called for the development of asynchronous learning activities such as webinars and instructional videos to further educate dental providers treating children and to legitimize the techniques with parents, healthcare providers, and the general public. Major recommendations from the workshop included: 1) solicit, support, and fund research in behavior guidance for diverse populations, 2) clarify best practices for the use and documentation of basic behavior guidance techniques, 3) identify and define new behavior guidance techniques, 4) promote training in motivational interviewing, 5) encourage integration of symposium proceedings throughout dental education curricula, 6) encourage mentorship networks among general dentists treating children and geographically contiguous pediatric dentists, and 7) develop a library of informational videos for parents and the general public about appropriate behavior guidance techniques used when treating children in dental settings.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Workshop facilitator, Associate clinical professor and residency program director, Sections of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, UCLA School of Dentistry, Los Angeles, Calif., USA. [email protected] 2: recorder, Clinical associate professor and residency program director, Division of Pediatric Dentistry, Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Minneapolis, Minn., USA

Publication date: March 1, 2014

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  • Pediatric Dentistry is the official publication of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. It is published bi-monthly and is internationally recognized as the leading journal in the area of pediatric dentistry. The journal promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. This peer-reviewed journal features scientific articles, case reports and abstracts of current pediatric dental research.
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