Health Care Professionals

Improving student dentist competencies and perception of difficulty in delivering care to children with developmental disabilities using a virtual patient module.

An interactive, multimedia, virtual patient module was designed and developed on compact disc (CD-ROM) to address the need for student dentists to increase their competence and decrease their perception of difficulty in caring for children with developmental disabilities. A development team consisting of pediatric dentistry faculty members, parents of children with developmental disabilities, an individual […]

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Engendering student empathy for disabled clients with urinary incontinence through experiential learning.

As part of a rehabilitation clinical course for senior baccalaureate nursing students, a disability-incontinence experiential learning activity is required. The assignment is intended to familiarize students with some of the challenges encountered by a client with mobility problems, including continence management issues using disposable undergarments. Wearing the undergarments dry and wet while being confined to […]

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Interprofessional educational partnerships in school health for children with special oral health needs.

Dental caries is an infectious yet preventable disease that is rampant in some subpopulations in the United States, in particular among individuals with neurodevelopmental/intellectual disabilities (ND/ID). This article reports on the implementation and evaluation of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) School of Dentistry interprofessional school health educational model to improve oral health […]

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The environment in pediatric practice: a study of New York pediatricians’ attitudes, beliefs, and practices towards children’s environmental health.

Chronic diseases of environmental origin are a significant and increasing public health problem among the children of New York State, yet few resources exist to address this growing burden. To assess New York State pediatricians self-perceived competency in dealing with common environmental exposures and diseases of environmental origin in children, we assessed their attitudes and […]

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Mandating education of dental graduates to provide care to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

In 2004, The Commission on Dental Accreditation adopted new standards for dental and dental hygiene education programs to ensure the preparation of practitioners to provide oral health services for persons with special health care needs. The course of action leading to the adoption of the new standards, together with the continuing obstacles of limited government […]

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Pediatrician attitudes, clinical activities, and knowledge of environmental health in Wisconsin.

Pediatricians can reduce exposures to environmental hazards but most have little training in environmental health. To assess whether Wisconsin pediatricians perceive a relative lack of self-efficacy for common environmental exposures and diseases of environmental origin, we assessed their attitudes and beliefs about the role of the environment in children’s health. A 4-page survey was sent […]

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The outcomes of an intervention study to reduce the barriers experienced by people with intellectual disabilities accessing primary health care services.

BACKGROUND: People with intellectual disabilities (IDs) experience significant health inequalities compared with the general population. The barriers people with IDs experience in accessing services contribute to these health inequalities. Professionals’ significant unmet training needs are an important barrier to people with IDs accessing appropriate services to meet their health needs. METHOD: A three group, pre- […]

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Education of dentists in the treatment of patients with special needs.

The dental education system has been suggested as the vital link in providing a workforce capable of improving oral health for people with special needs. Dental education institutions not only train dental professionals for their role in providing oral health services for people with special needs, they also provide a significant amount of services to […]

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Integration of disability-related content in nursing curricula.

Despite evidence that health care professionals, including nurses, do not perceive persons with disabilities in a positive light and fail to attend to their health care needs, it is not known how nursing programs address the topic of disability. This descriptive study was conducted to examine the extent to which schools of nursing in the […]

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Considering the culture of disability in cultural competence education.

Cultural competence extends beyond understanding those values, beliefs, and needs that are associated with patients’ age or gender or with their racial, ethnic, or religious backgrounds. People hold many simultaneous cultural associations, and each have implications for the care process. The “culture of disability” is a pan-ethnic culture for which a set of physician competencies […]

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