Soft Skills Awareness Among General Dental Practitioners, Residents and Specialists

Authors

  • Qayyum Akhtar Department of Dentistry, Armed Forces Institute of Dentistry, Rawalpindi/ National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Pakistan
  • Hajra Imran Department of Dentistry, Combined Military Hospital Lahore Medical College/ National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Pakistan
  • Khalid Mahmood Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Combined Military Hospital Lahore Medical College / National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Pakistan
  • Nadeem Ahmed Department of Dentistry, Armed Forces Institute of Dentistry, Rawalpindi/ National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Pakistan
  • Nasir Jamal Baig Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Combined Military Hospital Lahore Medical College / National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Pakistan
  • Fatima Nawaz Department of Dentistry, Combined Military Hospital Lahore Medical College/ National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Pakistan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51253/pafmj.v74i2.7793

Keywords:

Communication, Dentistry, Interpersonal, Normative Education, Soft Skills

Abstract

Objective: To assess the awareness level and need perception of soft skills among general dental practitioners (GDPs), dental residents and specialists.

Study Design: Mixed method study

Place and Duration of Study: Armed Forces Institute of Dentistry (AFID), Rawalpindi and 28 Military Dental Centre (28 MDC), Lahore Pakistan, from Mar to Sep 2020.

Methodology: A mixed method study research design with descriptive and explorative strategies was used to formulate a survey questionnaire and in-depth interviews for participants aged 24-60, medically fit, with a minimum of one year of practical experience, and willing to participate.

Results: 136(74.37%) knew the basic concept of soft skills being non-technical skills, as they classified their awareness of soft skills as ‘Partially Aware’. Only 9(4.91%) responded as being ‘Expert’ in this topic. 38(20.76%) were totally ‘Unaware’. Regarding the need for teaching soft skills to dental students, 171(93.44%) participants wanted soft skills teaching to begin in the undergraduate years.

Conclusion: Participating dental professionals understood the basic concept of soft skills but needed a formal knowledge of what it entails. There is a dire need for the dental professional to have a satisfactory knowledge of soft skills to improve their overall job performance.

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29-04-2024

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Qayyum Akhtar, Imran H, Khalid Mahmood, Nadeem Ahmed, Nasir Jamal Baig, Fatima Nawaz. Soft Skills Awareness Among General Dental Practitioners, Residents and Specialists. Pak Armed Forces Med J [Internet]. 2024 Apr. 29 [cited 2024 May 24];74(2):367-71. Available from: https://pafmj.org/PAFMJ/article/view/7793

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