Help to improve motivational interviewing skills

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“The effect of training videos on dental practitioners Motivational Interviewing skills, knowledge and confidence.”

You are invited to participate in a research project which is being conducted by the Melbourne Dental School, University of Melbourne. The Responsible Researcher is Dr Melanie Hayes, at the Melbourne Dental School. This project has been approved by The University of Melbourne Human Research Ethics Committee, and is funded by an Alliance for a Cavity Free Future grant from Colgate-Palmolive Pty Ltd.

What is the purpose of the study?
The aim of this project is to improve dental practitioners and students skills and confidence in using MI techniques to facilitate dietary behaviour change in patients.

Why have you been chosen?
Registered dentists, dental hygienist and oral health therapists are invited to participate in this project, as well as students currently studying Dental Hygiene, Oral Health, and Dentistry, in an accredited program in Australia.

Do you have to take part?
It is your decision whether or not to take part in this study. For students, non-participation will not have any impact on your current or future studies. It is not possible to withdraw your survey responses, as this data is collected anonymously.

What will happen in this study?
If you choose to participate, please follow the link to complete the online survey. It should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete the survey. At the completion of the survey you will be provided with a link to view online videos on Motivational Interviewing techniques. One month after watching the videos you will be asked to completed a follow-up survey which will again take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.

How will participating in this study affect me?
By participating in the study, you will simply need to complete the online survey at baseline and one month follow-up, as well as watch the online videos. You may wish to include the time spent viewing the MI videos in your continuing professional development log.

What are the possible risks of taking part?
There are no risks related to this study.

Who will see the results of your questionnaire?
All research records will be securely stored at the University of Melbourne until the completion of the study. All data will be retained for five years, as per university guidelines. The confidentiality of the information provided by you as part of this study will be safeguarded subject to any legal requirement. The findings from this study may be published. To satisfy their legal responsibilities, the investigator and the University of Melbourne’s Human Research Ethics Committee will have access to study related information.

Contact for questions.
This research project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of The University of Melbourne. If you have any concerns or complaints about the conduct of this research project, which you do not wish to discuss with the research team, you should contact the Manager, Human Research Ethics, Office for Research Ethics and Integrity, University of Melbourne, VIC 3010.
Tel: +61 3 8344 2073
Fax: +61 3 9347 6739
Email: [email protected].

Any complaints will be treated confidentially. In all correspondence please provide the name of the research team or the name or ethics ID number of the research project.

Responsible Researcher

Dr Melanie Hayes
Email: [email protected]