Date of Award


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Master of Science (MS) in Dental Hygiene


Dental Hygiene


"Purpose: Interprofessional education (IPE) is a means of fostering integration and collaboration between health care professions. This study evaluated the effect of an IPE educational module on the oral manifestations of menopause. Methods: This mixed-method study used a convenience sample of dental hygiene (DH) and physician assistants (PA) students. Pre- and posttests collected quantitative data using a modified Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Survey (RIPLS), and a PI-designed knowledge of menopause test to determine students attitudes and learning. Students participated in a one-time workshop that included an educational lecture and a case study exercise using a pseudo-standardized patient. Students worked in preselected groups, representing both disciplines, to create a patient care plan addressing oral manifestations of menopause. Qualitative data was collected from student comments. Results: Study results indicate an increase in participants' knowledge of oral manifestations of menopause. Additionally, results suggest improved attitudes toward interprofessional teamwork and collaboration, professional identity, roles and responsibilities and interprofessional communication. Finally, data shows facilitation of gained confidence in applying new skills related to oral manifestations of menopause. Conclusion: Implementation of an IPE intervention demonstrated correlation between an IPE experience and participants' attitudes, learning, and confidence. Patients experiencing menopause are prone to oral manifestation. Therefore, preparing students to meet the needs of menopausal women may ultimately decrease oral discomfort and improve quality of life"--Leaf x.