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An investigation into the Clinical Skills Performance of Year 1 Dental Undergraduate Students' Using HapTEl - A Haptic Virtual Dental Simulator which provides individual Student Feedback.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference paper

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication14th Anglo-Italian Conference, At Brescia, Italy
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016

King's Authors


The aim of this research was to measure the performance progression of 101 Year-1 novice dental students’ cavity preparation skills using a haptic dental simulator.

The haptic system recorded every student’s actions during two sessions (1.5 hours and 1 hour): including the total time taken on the procedure, on removing tissue, the percentage of carious tissue removed, of healthy tissue remaining, and whether or not the pulp had been exposed. Statistical correlations of the results showed that (i) students achieve better results if they spend more time on the task; (ii) they improved their performance from the first to the second session; (iii) individual recording and feedback enable students to obtain accurate records of their performance progression; confirming that a haptic system simulating simple dental procedures can enhance novice dental-undergraduate students’ cavity preparation skills with only two hours of practice.

Lessons from this study show that innovative haptic technologies can enhance the skills of undergraduate dental students and provide more specific and accurate feedback to each and every student than can be achieved through working with the traditional phantom head simulators which usually involve one dental tutor having to provide simultaneous feedback to more than 20 students.

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