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COMMUNICATION SKILLS OF DENTAL TECHNICIAN STUDENTS AND DENTAL MEDICINE STUDENTS IN THE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF VARNA

M. Varneva, V. Velikova, P. Ivanov

Abstract


The communicative function of the psyche is associated primarily with the collaboration of people. Purpose of this study was to determine whether students in the specialities of dental technician and dental medicine can communicate and what is the level of their communication skills. The study covered 100 students, of which 44 were of dental technician and and 56 of dental medicine. We used a questionnaire containing 15 items and examining psychological communication skills in a teaching environment. Assessment using the five-point scale from 1 (never) to 5 (always) was applied. Statistical analysis included comparative analysis -X2 analysis, Spearman`s correlation and structural analysis. The comparative analysis showed a significant difference in communication skills among students in dental technician and dental medicine (X2 =20, 75; p<0,001). A moderate correlation between the students of different specialities and their communication skills (r=0,36; p<0,001) was established. The students in dental medicine show good communication skills compared with those in dental technician. These very good communication skills are a prerequisite for higher efficiency of interaction in creating the optimal working environment among the members of the dental team and quality dental care for patients.



Keywords

communication skills, students, dental technician, dental medicine, inquiry


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