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Analysis of current status of curriculum for geriatric dental hygiene in Korea

국내 노인치위생학 교육과정 현황분석

  • Kim, Yeo-Ju (Department of Oral Health and Welfare Graduate School, Dankook University) ;
  • Jang, Jong-Hwa (Department of Oral Health and Welfare Graduate School, Dankook University) ;
  • Cho, Ja-Won (Department of Oral Health and Welfare Graduate School, Dankook University)
  • 김여주 (단국대학교 보건복지대학원 구강보건학) ;
  • 장종화 (단국대학교 보건복지대학원 구강보건학) ;
  • 조자원 (단국대학교 보건복지대학원 구강보건학)
  • Received : 2020.10.27
  • Accepted : 2020.11.23
  • Published : 2020.12.30

Abstract

Objectives: This study aimed to analyze the current status and educational contents of the geriatric-related curriculum in dental hygiene departments at colleges across the country. Methods: To analyze the current status of geriatric curriculum, it was investigated by searching the websites of colleges across the country where dental hygiene (curriculum) department was available. Furthermore, a literature review of domestic and foreign textbooks related to geriatric dental hygiene was conducted to analyze the contents of geriatric dental hygiene curriculum. Results: Among colleges that offer dental hygiene (curriculum) department, 8 four-year and 12 three-year colleges (24.4%) offered geriatric dental hygiene courses. A comparison of the contents of the textbooks titled "Geriatric dental hygiene" published by Goonja, Daehan Narae, and Komoonsa showed that basic contents such as the characteristics, health problems, and oral health problems of elderly -people were described in the same context. However, there was a difference in the volume and importance of the concerned contents also. Conclusions: Universities and related organizations which offer dental hygiene curriculum should continue to conduct studies for the development of geriatric hygiene curricula. Moreover, heightened efforts are needed to ensure that geriatric dental hygiene education is more systematically offered.

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