The UK Health Department has addressed as an ‘important dimension of quality’, Patient Centred Care (PCC), which is based on patient experience and clinical effectiveness and is associated with the Dental Quality and Outcomes Framework. The term PCC was first introduced as a model in which the health professionals were to view each patient as a unique human being and is looked upon it as a model of delivering health care by providing care respectfully and responding to individual preferences, needs and values. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has provided NICE guidelines to encourage the dental practice team to develop a good relationship with patients for them to maintain good oral health. PCC additionally involves providing treatment choices to patients and supporting them over decision making.
Welcome to the Oral Health and Society blog. This blog is linked to the Division of Population and Patient Health in the Dental Institute at King’s College London and aims to share some of the exciting research that is being carried out within the division.
The Division of Population and Patient Health (PPH) encompasses strengths in Social and Behavioural Sciences, Dental Public Health, Paediatric Dentistry and Special Care Dentistry. The members span the clinical and public health community and include the wider disciplines of sociology and psychology. Our multidisciplinary mix of researchers enables us to undertake cross cutting research and contribute across key national and global healthcare issues.
Our work focuses on the interface between people and their oral health and oral healthcare and is exploratory, involving developing and applying theory; developing clinical and non-clinical interventions and explanations, and delivering impact through translating evidence into policy and practice. Our research spans topics from the provision of patient-centred care in clinical settings, through understanding oral health and disease in population sub-groups to population level epidemiological research which means that we have a broad lens through which to view the world and its challenges, particularly in relation to promoting health and delivering healthcare.
For further details of the Division of Population and Patient Health, the principal investigators and their research groups, including doctoral students, please follow this link: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/dentistry/research/divisions/population/Research-Areas/Research-Areas.aspx