Trans-cultural Communication Training

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This project involves surveys of dental students in U21 universities to ascertain their cultural backgrounds, attitudes towards intercultural issues in dental care, and perceived intercultural communication skills. A demographic examination of international students over a five-year period will also be undertaken. Utilising this data, a structured curriculum component in intercultural communication and the effective delivery of care for patients from culturally diverse backgrounds will be developed and trialed, as a precursor to proposing international guidelines for promoting intercultural dental education.

A literature review was completed, data collection methods identified and a survey questionnaire developed, the ethics application completed, and student clinic sites approached.

A hands on workshop was organized n June 2012 as part of the 90th IADR General Session in Brazil on 'Cultural Competence in Dental Education' and the project had led to the following publications:

  • Zed, C, Rashti R, Mariño R, Morgan M. Self-Perceptions of Cultural Competency among Dental Students and Recent Graduates. Journal of Dental Education. (Accepted for publication).
  • Mariño  R, Morgan M, Hawthorne L, Bata L. Self-reported cultural skills from dental students and graduates from Melbourne, Australia. European Journal of Dental Education.2013;17:e159-65. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0579.2012.00775.x
  • Mariño  R, Morgan M, Hopcraft M. Transcultural Dental Training. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology. 2012; 40(s2):134-140.
  • Mariño  R, Hawthorne L, Morgan M. Transcultural Skills Content in a Dental Curriculum: a comparative study. European Journal of Dental Education. 2012;16:e33-40.

Additional publications are under preparation:

  • Transcultural Skills Content in a Dental Curriculum: A Comparative Study (Note: this is an update from the 2006 review)
  • Cultural Competency of Dental Students: Patient and Supervising Dentist Perspectives. 


Contacts: Mike Morgan and Rodrigo Mariño (Melbourne) /  Christopher Zed (UBC)