Spear Announces Release of Patient Education

Posted on October 21, 2015

After more than 9 months of research and development, Spear Education has produced an advanced dental patient education product

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. –Spear Education, a leading dental continuing education provider, announced the release of its new dental Patient Education platform Sept. 25.

A component of the provider’s online platform, Spear Patient Education is a suite of state-of-the-art, high-definition animations that clearly and concisely explain a wide range of dental conditions and procedures.

In order to develop the best dental patient education platform possible, Spear began researching the project in January 2015. The company worked with thinktank, a research and strategy consultant, to survey 500 adults 25 and older.

“Most people surveyed who recently had some sort of dental procedure said their dentist gave a verbal explanation,” said the founder of Spear Education, Dr. Frank Spear. “However, when dentists added a video presentation, the acceptance rates skyrocketed.”

In fact, the survey shows that 91 percent of patients who saw a video during case presentation said that it positively influenced their decision to accept treatment.

As the development process progressed, Spear also showed their animations to focus groups of both patients and dentists. The focus groups allowed Spear to optimize their videos for everyone on both sides of the chair.

 “I am truly excited to see Spear patient education improve patient-client interaction,” Spear said. “We have created a continuously expanding patient education library that sets a new standard in detail, variety and clinical accuracy. What we have done is created something that will impact dentists and patients every day”

The Patient Education team is made up of both 3D animators and Spear faculty. They worked – and continue to work – together to create a series of animations that are clinically accurate and easily understandable. The videos run between 30 and 60 seconds, and the narrations are presented in layman’s terms without being condescending to the dental patient. The team also optimized the content for a variety of platforms, from desktops to tablets to mobile devices. Dentists may also deliver the animations in a variety of ways: present the animations to their patients chairside, send their patients a link to the videos via email or embed the videos on their own websites.

In related news, Ricardo Mitrani, prominent prosthodontist lecturer and author joins Spear resident faculty. “We are so happy to welcome Dr. Mitrani to our team,” said Spear founder, Frank Spear. “He is a consummate clinician and educator who will help carry the Spear legacy to the next generation of great dentists. Dr. Mitrani’s work in prosthodontics and treatment planning are well respected, and will greatly benefit our curriculum.” 

Spear Patient Education is currently available to members with access to Spear Online. For more information, people can contact Spear toll-free at 855-625-2333 or via email at online@speareducation.com.

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