Domestic violence education for UK and Ireland undergraduate dental students: A five-year perspective

Neil Patel, Edmund Bailey, Ayeh Mahdmina, Alastair Lomax, Paul Coulthard

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    The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to ascertain whether undergraduate dental students in the United King-dom and Ireland are receiving formal teaching on recognizing and managing domestic violence (DV) as part of their curricula. A questionnaire was sent to all dental schools in the UK and Ireland in 2007 and again in 2012, requesting information on whether the subject was taught, by which specialty it was taught, and whether schools felt it was important to include in the curriculum. In 2007, twelve of the fifteen dental schools completed and returned the questionnaire, for a response rate of 80 percent; in 2012, eleven of the sixteen dental schools responded, for a response rate of 69 percent. The main findings were that, in 2007, 50 percent of the responding schools were providing teaching about DV and the majority of this teaching was delivered by oral surgery and pediatric dentistry departments. In 2012, only 45 percent of the responding schools were teaching DV, with 60 percent of this teaching being delivered by pediatric dentists. This study's findings suggest that DV is an undertaught area in UK and Irish undergraduate dental curricula. Some schools recognized the importance of DV teaching; however, they have been unable to implement it because of a full curriculum and lack of appropriately trained staff amongst other reasons.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1162-1166
    Number of pages4
    JournalJournal Of Dental Education
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2014


    • Dental education
    • Domestic violence
    • Ireland
    • United Kingdom


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