Computer assisted learning (CAL) of oral manifestations of HIV disease

S R Porter, A D Telford, K Chandler, S J Furber, P J Williams, S N Price, C Skully, D Triantos, L Bain

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General dental practitioners (GDPs) in the UK may wish additional education on relevant aspects of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease. The aim of the present study was to develop and assess a computer assisted learning package on the oral manifestations of HIV disease of relevance to GDPs. A package was developed using a commercially-available software development tool and assessed by a group of 75 GDPs interested in education and computers. Fifty-four (72%) of the GDPs completed a self-administered questionnaire of their opinions of the package. The majority reported the package to be easy to load and run, that it provided clear instructions and displays, and that it was a more effective educational tool than videotapes, audiotapes, professional journals and textbooks, and of similar benefit as post-graduate courses. The GDPs often commented favourably on the effectiveness of the clinical images and use of questions and answers, although some had criticisms of these and other aspects of the package. As a consequence of this investigation the package has been modified and distributed to GDPs in England and Wales.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-177
JournalBritish Dental Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 1996


  • CAL
  • Computer Assisted Learning
  • Teaching Materials


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