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Dental Health Services Victoria value-based health care principles for oral health models of care
journal contributionposted on 2023-10-06, 04:01 authored by CE Lin, Tan NguyenTan Nguyen, R McGrath, A Patterson, M Hall
Background: Efforts to progress oral healthcare reform can be challenging with competing interests of governments and service providers to achieve the intended outcomes. The value-based health care approach has been adopted in many areas of healthcare but has had limited applications to oral healthcare systems. Dental Health Services Victoria, an Australian state government funded entity, commenced its journey to value-based health care in 2016, to shift away from traditional dental service models that reward activity and volume towards a stronger emphasis on value and outcomes. Aims: To maintain the value-based health care agenda focus, Dental Health Services Victoria developed three key principles, which can be adopted by other organisations engaged in reforming oral healthcare, to improve the oral health for the population it serves. Materials & Methods: In 2018, Dental Health Services Victoria developed a value-based health care framework, which has informed strategic organisation priorities for action. In 2023, the following three key principles are identified as being essential to support the operationalisation and development of effective models of oral healthcare: Principle 1 – Care is co-designed with the person or population Principle 2 – Prevention and early intervention are prioritised. Principle 3 – Consistent measurement of health outcomes and costs are embedded. Discussion: The exploration of the three key principles is an important communication tool to translate value-based health care into practice with key stakeholders. Further work is required to socialise them to within dental teams. Conclusion: Organisations looking to commence the value-based health care agenda can apply Dental Health Services Victoria's three key principles as a first step.
JournalJournal of Public Health Dentistry
Publication classificationC1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Science & TechnologyLife Sciences & BiomedicineDentistry, Oral Surgery & MedicinePublic, Environmental & Occupational Healthhealth care costshealth care reformhealth promotionoutcome assessment (health care)public health dentistryquality improvementHumansOral HealthValue-Based Health CareAustraliaDelivery of Health CareDental Health ServicesPreventionDental/Oral and Craniofacial DiseaseHealth ServicesClinical Research8.1 Organisation and delivery of services8 Health and social care services researchOral and gastrointestinalGeneric health relevance3 Good Health and Well Being