Programmatic assessment of a university- based implant training program using patient-reported outcomes

Mohanad Al-Sabbagh, Diane W. Jenkins, Reny De Leeuw, Patricia Nihill, Fonda G. Robinson, Mark V. Thomas

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The University of Kentucky College of Dentistry (UKCD) established an implant training program that provides training in the use of a single implant system, evidence-based diagnostic and treatment protocols (standardized work practices), and a total quality management system (Implant Quality Assurance Program). The aim of this study was to assess the programmatic effectiveness of the UKCD implant training program by reporting the success and survival of implants placed, using patient-reported outcomes and comparing them to previously established benchmarks. A total of 415 patients (963 implants) were interviewed, approximately 50 percent of all qualified patients. The implant survival rate was 97 percent, and 88 percent of the implants were considered successful (as determined by patient-centric criteria). These outcomes were consistent with the program's previously established benchmarks of 90 percent. These results suggest that work standardization (in the form of specific treatment protocols) and the use of a formal, incremental learning system can result in positive patient outcomes. Clinical outcomes should be monitored in academic dental settings as part of clinical process improvement, and these outcomes can provide a means of assessing the effectiveness of the training program.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1534-1541
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Dental Education
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014


  • Dental education
  • Dental implants
  • Implant education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Dentistry (all)


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