Development and Assessment of Discrimination Exercises for Faculty Calibration in Preclinical Operative Dentistry Public Deposited

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  • October 10, 2018
  • Ahmed, Sumitha Nazar
    • Affiliation: School of Dentistry, Department of Operative Dentistry
  • The purpose of this research was to develop and assess methods for faculty calibration in a preclinical operative dentistry course, to evaluate intra- and interexaminer agreement based on the information provided during calibration sessions, and to evaluate intra- and interexaminer reliability 6 months after initial calibration. The average intraexaminer agreement among the course faculty was 74(+/-5) %. The overall interexaminer reliability improved after calibration. The use of an instrument (UNC 15 periodontal probe) was introduced, for objective measurement of a component. Visual discrimination exercises were developed and tested for their ability to1) initially aid in increased faculty calibration while assessing the Class II preparation and 2) provide sustained calibration among the same faculty over a period of approximately 3 months. The results showed that, the objective use of an instrument (UNC 15 periodontal probe) and the use of discrimination exercises increased interexaminer reliability.
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  • Boushell, Lee
  • Master of Science
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2014

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