Quality Improvement and Oral Health
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- Launching a broad quality-improvement initiative in dentistry will have an enormous positive impact on the way oral health care is delivered and will ultimately improve the oral health of Americans. 1
- The need to improve systems of oral health care, together with the increasing use of quality improvement in other health care sectors, makes it imperative that oral health professionals create the culture and systems necessary to apply quality-improvement principles and activities for the benefit of patients, the public at large, and the profession. 1
- By incorporating evidence-based guidelines into payment models, private and public payers have the capacity to improve oral health care and ultimately oral health outcomes. 2
- Oral health is essential to overall health and well-being, yet quality-improvement initiatives in oral health care have lagged behind efforts in other health care sectors. 3
- The drivers of quality improvement in oral health are the same as those in general health systems: increasing cost of oral health care, increasing understanding of unwarranted variability produced by the oral-health-care system, and evidence of the profound health disparities that still exist in the population in spite of scientific advances in care. 4
- Oral-health-related quality of life research can be used to inform public policy and help eradicate oral health disparities. 5
- Effectively using patients as teachers to provide authentic feedback is an underused strategy in oral health education and has potential for integrating the teaching of therapeutic communication skills within the dental clinic setting. 6
- Patients have better health outcomes when health professionals are good communicators; thus, the major thrust of the patient-centered principle is to encourage the development of caring oral health professionals able to communicate effectively. 6
- Interventions tailored to individual practice needs can lead to substantial, simultaneous, and sustained improvements in obesity detection and counseling, lead screening, and fluoride varnish application and dental caries prevention and hold promise as a broad-based method to advance pediatric preventive care. 7
- Chalmers NI, Scoville R, Richman A, Crall JJ, Aravamudhan K, Wai Ng M. 2016. Improving quality in dentistry: An imperative for the profession. Pediatric Dentistry 38(4):274–276.
- Tinanoff N. 2012. Potential to improve oral health care through evidence, protocols, and payment models. Public Health Dentistry 72(Suppl 1):S48–51.
- Herndon JB, Carll JJ, Aravamudhan K, Catalanotto FA, Huang IC, Rudner N, Tomar SL, Shenkman EA. 2015. Developing and testing pediatric oral healthcare quality measures. Journal of Public Health Dentistry 75(3):191–201.
- Glassman P. 2014. Interprofessional practice in the era of accountability. Journal of the California Dental Association 42(9):645–651.
- Sischo L, Broder HL. 2011. Oral health-related quality of life: What, why, how, and future implications. Journal of Dental Research 90(11):1264–1270.
- Wener ME, Schönwetter DJ, Mazurat N. 2011. Developing new dental communication skills assessment tools by including patients and other stakeholders. Journal of Dental Education 75(12):1527–1541.
- Meropol SB, Schlitz NK, Sattar A, Stange KC, Nevar AH, Davey C, Ferretti GA, Howell DE, Strosaker R, Vavrek P, Bader S, Ruhe MC, Cuttier L. 2014. Practice-tailored facilitation to improve pediatric preventive care delivery: A randomized trial. Pediatrics 133(6):e1664–1675.
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