The following research articles have been fully or partially funded by the ADRF.

Learning by observing: effects of multi-tasking and stress on performance in endodontics

M El-Kishawi, G Townsend, P Cathro, R Masters, T Winning

Learning dental hand skills by observation plus hand-guidance, but without verbal instructions, can result in positive outcomes, even in stressful situations. Students in Group A learnt dental hand skills by watching a video with verbal instructions while Group B watched the same video with no instructions but with hand guidance.  Performance of both groups were similar, even under stressful situations.  These findings highlight the need to examine other approaches than those routinely used for learning dental hand skills so we have an informed basis for our learning designs.   

Endodontic fear and anxiety pathways amongst an East Asian population  

W Chen, AE Carter, RM Love, R George
The Asian population is one of the fastest growing populations in Australia’s multicultural society. Different populations have their own culture, and these cultural differences can influence the way the individual perceives dental fear and anxiety. Many factors contribute to an individual’s oral health and one of them may be due to the avoidance of dentists and delaying dental care due to fear and anxiety. Knowledge of why patients of East Asian descent are fearful and anxious about dental treatment may allow dentists to modify treatment plans to provide better patient care and management.