In the first of a regular feature, we speak to the School of Dentistry’s Dr Jason Rutter about the latest meeting of academics and PhD students to discuss their efforts in qualitative research.
“When I joined The School of Dentistry at The University of Dundee last year, I was excited to see that amidst the recognised skills in clinical and quantitative research, there were quite a few people making waves with qualitative research into dentistry.” Jason said.
“These people were focusing on issues such as experience, access and inequality -- all themes familiar to those like me with a sociological background, but less well explored in a dentistry context.”
“Looking to bring these like-minded individuals out of their offices and get them sharing ideas, skills and research, I decided to see if there was interest in setting up a qualitative research group across the school. We had our first meeting in January, and yesterday our second event was a little more forward-facing.”
“In a getting-to-know-you style, we arranged a poster session so people could showcase both finished and in-progress work as well as getting to speak to those people we normally just say, ‘good morning’ to in the lift.”
“With contributions from early-stage PhD researchers to professorial staff, more than 15 posters were pulled out of the bag by members of the School of Dentistry. Featuring quantitative, clinical, qualitative and mixed-methods projects, the session highlighted an active research culture that perhaps hasn’t always been overly visible here at Dundee.”
Poster presentations on the day included:
Rethinking the gap: A qualitative analysis of the transition from undergraduate dental education and practice realities
Nadja Almondes, Denise Downie, Jacqui Deas, Emma O’Keefe, Colwyn Jones, Derek Richards, and Ruth Freeman
The Scottish Oral Health Improvement Prison Programme: A survey of prisoners’ oral health 2017
Dalia Bajabir, Peter Mossey, Nicola Innes, Stephen MacGillivray
Women’s views on the uptake of preconception care
Laura Beaton and Ruth Freeman
Smile4life: Understanding implementation and adoption
Susan Carson, Mark Hector and Ruth Freeman
Childhood body weight and dental caries
Heather Cassie, Jan Clarkson, Shaun Treweek, Lorna McKee, Craig Ramsay and Linda Young
Improving quality in healthcare: A case study in dental primary care in Scotland
Gillian Forbes, Debbie Bonetti and Jan Clarkson
Antibiotic prescribing decisions in primary dental care
J. Galloway, G. Davies and P.A. Mossey
Direct costs of cleft lip and palate treatment
Jenny Hally, Siyang Yuan, Ruth Freeman and Gerry Humphris
Effective communication and reducing dental anxiety-the role of addressing dental patients’ emotional needs
Niall McGoldrick, Jeremy McMahon and Jan Clarkson
Head and neck surgery quality improvement collaborative: Patient experience
Sucharita Nanjappa, Stephanie Chambers, Stephanie Fulke, Rebecca Lindsay and Ruth Freeman
Chatterbox: Customising services around dental health care
E. Patel, F. Fernandes, R. Freeman
Addressing oral health needs in care homes using bystander Intervention model
Andrea Rodriguez, Laura Beaton, Ruth Freeman
Reflexive mapping exercise of services and organisations working with people experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless
Jason Rutter, Salma Ainine, Lindsay Siebelt, Alison McFadden and Nicola Innes
Reviewing Gypsy and Traveller engagement with dental health and services
Jason Rutter, Kathryn Cunningham, Zoe Marshman and Nicola Innes
There’s no such thing as preventative dentistry: A practice theory approach
Following the success of this session, Dr Rutter intends to develop a Qualitative Research Group blog to share progress, work and best practice in research.
Read Jason's personal blog here.
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