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Special Needs and Communication in Dentistry Case: Cerebral Palsy (Daniel)

Published: December 4, 2012 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9283

Included in this publication:

  • ACOs.doc
  • Curriculum Objective & Evaluation Map.doc
  • Day 1 Student Folders.doc
  • Day 2 Case facilitator.doc
  • Day 2 Case student.doc
  • Day 2 Survey.pdf
  • Facilitator Training Session.ppt
  • Grading Sheet Longitudinal Project.doc
  • Healthy SF.doc
  • IPE Day 1 Script.doc
  • IPE Instructors Guide.docx
  • IPE Team Debrief.doc
  • Insurance Reform.doc
  • Longitudinal Project Guidelines.doc
  • Post Event Survey Day 2.doc
  • Post-Curriculum satisfaction survey.doc
  • Post-Event Survey Day 1.doc
  • PrePost Competency Survey.doc
  • Provider Shortages.doc
  • Sources for Hot topics.doc

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This resource is a case-based activity created to educate students about caring for medically complex dental patients. It is intended to be used in the first semester of the predoctoral dental students’ second year. It aims to familiarize students with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) in the context of electronic information exchange, as well as with writing an official medical consult letter, practicing oral hygiene demonstrations, and researching and formulating a comprehensive periodontal treatment plan. Case-based learning is an effective way to achieve multiple objectives. First, case-based learning, when completed in small groups, facilitates small-group communication and cooperation, as well as encouraging a thorough understanding of concepts. Second, students profess to enjoy working with “real” patients in a safe setting. Third, facilitated small-group discussions offer a less formal, more interactive forum for information exchange.

Educational Objectives

By the end of this case, learners will be able to:

  1. Describe the biology, presentation, and treatment impacts of cerebral palsy.
  2. Understand what the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) requires when electronically transmitting patient information, what steps to take to remain in compliance, and what possible actions to consider when a breach occurs.
  3. Write a request for medical consultation.
  4. Complete a standardized caries risk assessment form.
  5. Demonstrate effective oral hygiene for this patient.
  6. Write a SOAP note and create a comprehensive periodontal treatment plan.
  7. Demonstrate evidence-based decision making by proper citation of literature sources.

Author Information

  • Carly Timmons McKenzie, PhD: University of Alabama - Birmingham School of Dentistry
  • Stephen C. Mitchell, DMD, MS: University of Alabama - Birmingham School of Dentistry

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McKenzie C, Mitchell S. Special needs and communication in dentistry case: cerebral palsy (Daniel). MedEdPORTAL. 2012;8:9283. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9283

This publication is co-sponsored by the American Dental Education Association.