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01.12.2015 | Research article | Ausgabe 1/2015 Open Access

BMC Oral Health 1/2015

Attitude and awareness of medical and dental students towards collaboration between medical and dental practice in Hong Kong

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BMC Oral Health > Ausgabe 1/2015
Autoren:
Shinan Zhang, Edward CM Lo, Chun-Hung Chu
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Electronic supplementary material

The online version of this article (doi:10.​1186/​s12903-015-0038-2) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors’ contributions

SZ prepared the manuscript and assisted the survey. CHC and ECML planned and supervised the study. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

Authors’ information

CHC is a clinical associate professor; ECML is a chair professor; SZ is the project coordinator in the Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong.

Abstract

Background

Medical-dental collaboration is essential for improving resource efficiency and standards of care. However, few studies have been conducted on it. This study aimed to investigate the attitude and awareness of medical and dental students about collaboration between medical and dental practices in Hong Kong.

Methods

All medical and dental students in Hong Kong were invited to complete a questionnaire survey at their universities, hospitals and residential halls. It contained 8 questions designed to elicit their attitudes about the collaboration between medical and dental practice. Students were also asked about their awareness of the collaboration between dentistry and medicine. The questionnaires were directly distributed to medical and dental students. The finished questionnaires were immediately collected by research assistants on site.

Results

A total of 1,857 questionnaires were distributed and 809 (44%) were returned. Their mean attitude score (SD) towards medical-dental collaboration was 6.37 (1.44). Most students (77%) were aware of the collaboration between medical and dental practice in Hong Kong. They considered that Ear, Nose & Throat, General Surgery and Family Medicine were the 3 most common medical disciplines which entailed collaboration between medical and dental practice.

Conclusion

In this study, the medical and dental students in general demonstrated a good attitude and awareness of the collaboration between medical and dental practice in Hong Kong. This established an essential foundation for fostering medical-dental collaboration, which is vital to improving resource efficiency and standards of care.
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Additional file 1: Questionnaire to the medical and dental students.
12903_2015_38_MOESM1_ESM.docx
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