Developmental Disabilities Dentistry Online

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R42DE020979-01A1
Agency Tracking Number: R42DE020979
Amount: $1,192,970.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: NIDCR
Solicitation Number: PA10-051
Small Business Information
DUNS: 137091000
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 (781) 642-0023
Business Contact
Phone: (617) 484-6802
Research Institution
70 Butterfield Terrace
AMHERST, MA, 01003-9242
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 Nonprofit college or university
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) have more untreated caries and a higher prevalence of gingivitis and other periodontal diseases than the general population (NIDCR, 2009). In order to address this health care disparity, more dentists are needed who understand and are trained to meet the needs of this population. Few in-depth training options are currently available for dentists in general practice. The purpose of this Phase I/II FastTrack STTR proposal is to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of an online training program in special needs dentistry for dentists in general practice. Continuing education units will be offered. The program, named Developmental Disabilities DentistryOnline, will be asynchronous (available anytime, anywhere) and, importantly, will exploit advances in media-supported instructional technology, to include virtual clinical simulations, interactive case studies, various Flash-based video and graphic learning objects, embedded self-assessments and note-taking options. Course modules will address risk management, preventive care, medical considerations associated with specific disabilities, restorative dentistry, behavioral support techniques, and a special section on autism spectrum disorders. Praxis, Inc., the host organization, will collaborate with faculty and staff at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at University of Massachusetts Medical School (Shriver/UMASS Medical) and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine to develop and test the program through a host of systematic formative and summative evaluation methods. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: The proposed project and the resulting product will directly benefit dentists who provide services and support to children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. The project has three major objectives: (1) to Design, develop, implement, and evaluate 6 new on-line training courses in oral health care for a special needs population, (2)to develop a commercially viable software prototype, and (3) to evaluate the resulting program to determine the usability of the software and the effectiveness of the curriculum.

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