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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 498-500
Dentistry students' perceptions about an extramural experience with a Brazilian indigenous community


1 Faculty of Dentistry, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
2 Faculty of Dentistry, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
3 Faculty of Dentistry, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil

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Alexandre Favero Bulgarelli
Faculty of Dentistry, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre
Brazil
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0970-9290.104957

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Objective: The aim of the present study was to evaluate dentistry students' perceptions about an extramural activity designed to deliver dental care to an indigenous community. Materials and Methods: This was a qualitative investigation involving 4 students of dentistry who had just had the experience of delivering treatment to indigenous Brazilian people. These students answered questions about the relevance of the experience to their personal and professional lives. We performed Content Analysis to data treatment and it was analysed by Social Representation Theory. Results: Two social representations were reached: a) Being capable to promote oral health; b) Facing human feeling and respect each other. Conclusion: We concluded that participation in an extramural project improves the students' understanding of primary health care in dentistry. Such experiences help students develop a sense of cultural respect, comprehensive care, and to understand patients in their totality as social beings with their own values, beliefs, and attitudes regarding oral health care.


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