Table 5.

Evaluation of D.D.S. students on ability to assess, discuss risks, and refer patients who present with oral disease and systemic complications or risk factors for disease, by number and percentage of total respondents

In your clinical curriculum, are students evaluated on their ability to 1) assess for potential risks of “oral-systemic” complications; 2) discuss risks with the patient; 3) refer the patient to a dental or medical specialist based on the patient’s risk factor(s) for oral disease and systemic complications? (Place a mark in the appropriate box if they perform the above on the majority of their patients.)
Refer to a Specialist
AssessDiscuss RisksDentalMedicalDon’t KnowTotal
Adverse pregnancy outcomes (low birthweight/preterm delivery)51.2% (21)53.7% (11)26.8% (11)24.4% (10)41
Aging56.4% (22)66.7% (26)33.3% (13)12.8% (5)39
Cardiovascular disease61.9% (26)71.4% (30)64.3% (27)2.4% (1)42
Diabetes59.1% (26)77.3% (34)61.4% (27)— (0)44
Genetics43.2% (16)45.9% (17)40.5% (15)16.2% (6)37
HIV62.8% (27)69.8% (30)53.5% (23)4.7% (2)43
Obesity55.3% (21)42.1% (16)26.3% (10)18.4% (7)38
Osteoporosis52.4% (22)54.8% (23)40.5% (17)9.5% (4)42
Respiratory disease52.5% (21)52.5% (21)37.5% (15)15.0% (6)40
Stress52.5% (21)55.0% (22)35.0% (14)15.0% (6)40
Stroke58.5% (24)56.1% (23)48.8% (20)9.8% (4)41
Tobacco use66.7% (28)85.7% (36)50.0% (21)— (0)42
Answered question44
Skipped question6