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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18296

Title: The Impact of Integration of Dental Services on Oral Health in Long-term Care
Authors: Finkleman, Gary
Advisor: Glogauer, Michael
Department: Dentistry
Keywords: oral health
long-term care
Issue Date: 18-Jan-2010
Abstract: Background: There is no standardized approach to the organizational structure for oral health provision in long-term care (LTC) and many different arrangements exist within different institutions. Objectives: To analyze how integration of dental service in LTC impacts residents and their oral health using quantitative and qualitative research methods. Methods: A cross-sectional study was performed involving 61 residents in 3 LTC facilities in Ontario. Facility A had a fee-for-service hygienist, Facility B had a dentist present once per week, and Facility C had a full time dental team. Results: Dental services that initiated treatment as opposed to placing responsibility on the LTC resident to access dental care resulted in better oral health outcomes. Conclusion: Dental services in LTC require a proactive approach directly integrated with each resident’s overall health care plan. Passive treatment strategies fail to provide acceptable oral health for LTC residents even when dental services are available.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18296
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