Integration of the client self-care commitment model in a dental hygiene curriculum

Ss Miles, Ej Rogo, Kh Calley, Nr Hill

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Objective: This exploratory study investigated whether integration of the Client Self-Care Commitment Model (CSCCM) Instructional Module in a dental hygiene curriculum, as an additional educational experience, would further enhance students' client-centred knowledge, values and actions. Methods: Subjects (n = 26) were second-year students enrolled in a BS entry-level dental hygiene programme with random assignments to two groups. The experimental group participated in a 2-h didactic session, an 8-h preclinical session, an 8-h clinical session and a 1-h question and answer period. An online pretest-post-test survey administered at three time intervals (baseline, 3 and 6 weeks) was used to measure differences between the groups on three subscales (knowledge, values and actions). Results: Cronbach's α for each subscale across time was above 0.90. A repeated-measures anova determined that there were no statistically significant interactions between Time and Group (experimental or control group) for the knowledge and values variables; however, there was a significant interaction between Time (P = 0.003) and Group (P = 0.033) for the actions variable. A content analysis of participants' responses to three open-ended questions reflected both positive and negative comments and revealed that students' primary barrier to implementing the model in client care was lack of time. Conclusions: Significant differences in the actions variable between the groups suggested that implementation of the CSCCM Instructional Module enhanced students' client-centred actions during client care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-314
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Dental Hygiene
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2014


  • Client self-care commitment model
  • Communication skills training
  • Dental hygiene education
  • Dental hygienist
  • Oral self-care
  • Patient-centred care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry (miscellaneous)


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