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Intellectual study participants needed

   You’re invited to volunteer for a research study designed to guide the development of an online course for dental professionals – practicing dentists, practicing dental hygienists, dentistry students, and dental hygiene students. Once completed, this course will be offered to dental professionals and students interested in learning more about the dental and oral health needs of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), including practical methods for improving patients’ treatment experience, treatment outcomes and oral health practices at home. 

   The course is educational in nature and is not intended to function as a clinical training program, which would include skills-based practice.

   Organizers are seeking practicing dentists and dental hygienists with limited experience in treating persons with I/DD to complete a 3-4 hour (estimated average time) secure video-based online course, on behavioral supports and related aspects of treating this population. Your exposure to specific comprehensive courses on the use of behavioral supports with persons with I/DD should also be limited. Your experience in these areas will be assessed further with a brief secure online screening survey. If you qualify and participate in this study, you will be asked to complete a demographic survey, knowledge pre- and post-test, brief self-efficacy questionnaire (confidence in treating patients with I/DD), brief intention to treat (patents with I/DD) questionnaire, and post-course satisfaction survey. All survey, test and questionnaire information will be kept strictly confidential. Data from all of these sources will be coded so that your name or any other identifying information is removed. You will be compensated with a $100 gift card upon the completion of your participation in this study.

 If you are interested in participating in this study, please complete the screening survey. If you have questions or would like more information on this study, please contact Helen Hendrickson.

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