INTRODUCTION : Comparison of a custom designed electronic
record book database with a traditional student
record book in Dentistry has not been documented.
AIM : To develop an electronic record book database
(ERBD) to record and calculate continuous clinical assessment
(CCA) marks of students in Restorative Dentistry and
to compare the efficiency of the ERBD system with the
traditional student record book (TSRB).
METHODS : Data was obtained from 1276 dental procedures
performed by fifty five consenting final year students.
Clinical supervisors and students were calibrated
to record credits and CCA marks on a designated assessment
form. In practice, the recorded data were manually
transferred to the TSRB on a daily basis. The ERBD was
designed as an electronic Excel® spreadsheet which enabled
daily automatic calculating and updating of credits
and CCA marks for each student. After a month the times
taken to transfer these data from the TSRB and the ERBD
to electronic class lists were recorded in minutes and analysed
using the Student’s t-test.
RESULTS : Significant differences (p < 0.0001) between the
times were recorded. Discussion: The administrative procedure
was 14 times faster when the ERBD was used.
CONCLUSION : The ERBD was significantly more efficient than the TSRB.