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Patient-centred care: barriers and opportunities in the dental surgery

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posted on 2014-12-01, 00:00 authored by K Asimakopoulou, Adyya GuptaAdyya Gupta, S Scambler
Objectives: This paper explores the practice of patient-centred care (PCC) within dentistry. The aim of this research was to explore the barriers and opportunities dentists face in practicing PCC. Methods: The results of N = 20 thematically analysed, in-depth semi-structured qualitative interviews with a range of dentists working across clinical and teaching positions within a large UK dental school are presented. Results: PCC was generally considered a positive, to be embraced concept which dentists believe they practice daily in the absence of any formal training. PCC presented dentists with opportunities to deliver treatment to highly compliant patients. The main barriers revolved around patients (e.g. disengaged or overly inquisitive) and practice factors (e.g. time and funding). Conclusions: PCC is a concept that is generally seen as important in the dental surgery, presenting dentists with opportunities for compliance-enhanced practice. Significant work is needed if dentists are going to be supported in overcoming self-identified barriers to their delivery of PCC as per UK General Dental Council guidelines.

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Journal

Community dentistry and oral epidemiology

Volume

42

Pagination

603-610

Location

Chichester, Eng.

ISSN

0301-5661

eISSN

1600-0528

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

6

Publisher

Wiley

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