Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Psychiatry, Psychology and Sociology for Dental Hygienists

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit will provide learning in basic Psychiatry, Psychology & Sociology in relation to Health & Dental Care

Study-unit Aims

As in learning outcomes, below.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a) Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of prevention & behavioural change
b) Comprehend ways in which behaviour and health are constrained by social contexts in which we live.
c) Comprehend ways in which personal and social factors interact, preventing illness and promoting health.
d) Demonstrate an understanding of illness behaviour and what people do when they feel anxious about their health.
e) Comprehend how people cope with illness and disability.
f) Demonstrate knowledge of principles of good dental practice.
g) Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and implications of signs and symptoms of mental disorder generally.
h) Demonstrate an understanding of the signs and symptoms of anxiety, depression, psychosis, organic brain disorder and substances misuse and abuse.

2. Skills: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a) Are able to take patients through a process of Behavioural Change.
b) Are able to communicate across cultures, break bad news, & prepare for interventions.
c) Are able to deal with the difficult patient.
d) Recognise and explore the signs and symptoms of the main mental disorders and guide patients and significant others accordingly.
e) Recognise the side effects, related to dental care, of the range of psychotropic medications.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

1) Psychiatry at a Glance, third edition, Cornelius Katona & Mary Robertson, Blackwell Science Ltd (available in library)

2) Psychology and Sociology applied to Medicine, an illustrated colour text, 3rd edition, Adler B., Porter M., Abraham C., Van Teijlengen E., Churchill Livingstone. (available in library)

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite qualifications

Entry to the Bachelor's Degree in Dental Hygiene

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (1 Hour) SEM2 Yes 100%


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