The Oral Health Care Manager in a Patient-Centered Health Facility

Cheryl Westphal Theile, Shiela M. Strauss, Mary Northridge, Shirley Birenz

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Abstract

The dental hygienist team member has an opportunity to coordinate care within an interprofessional practice as an oral health care manager. Background and purpose Although dental hygienists are currently practicing within interprofessional teams in settings such as pediatric offices, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and federally qualified health centers, they often still assume traditional responsibilities rather than practicing to the full extent of their training and licenses. This article explains the opportunity for the dental hygiene professional to embrace patient-centered care as an oral health care manager who can facilitate integration of oral and primary care in a variety of health care settings. Methods Based on an innovative model of collaboration between a college of dentistry and a college of nursing, an idea emerged among several faculty members for a new management method for realizing continuity and coordination of comprehensive patient care. Involved faculty members began working on the development of an approach to interprofessional practice with the dental hygienist serving as an oral health care manager who would address both oral health care and a patient's related primary care issues through appropriate referrals and follow-up. This approach is explained in this article, along with the results of several pilot studies that begin to evaluate the feasibility of a dental hygienist as an oral health care manager. Conclusion A health care provider with management skills and leadership qualities is required to coordinate the interprofessional provision of comprehensive health care. The dental hygienist has the opportunity to lead closer integration of oral and primary care as an oral health care manager, by coordinating the team of providers needed to implement comprehensive, patient-centered care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-42
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice
Volume16
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

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Health Facilities
Oral Health
Dental Hygienists
Delivery of Health Care
Primary Health Care
Patient-Centered Care
Office Nursing
Comprehensive Health Care
Nursing Schools
Pediatric Hospitals
Oral Hygiene
Licensure
Dentistry
Nursing Homes
Health Personnel
Patient Care
Nursing
Referral and Consultation
Health

Keywords

  • Dental hygienist
  • Interprofessional core competencies
  • Oral health care
  • Oral health care manager
  • Patient-centered care
  • Primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Dentistry(all)

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The Oral Health Care Manager in a Patient-Centered Health Facility. / Theile, Cheryl Westphal; Strauss, Shiela M.; Northridge, Mary; Birenz, Shirley.

In: Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice, Vol. 16, 01.06.2016, p. 34-42.

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Theile, Cheryl Westphal ; Strauss, Shiela M. ; Northridge, Mary ; Birenz, Shirley. / The Oral Health Care Manager in a Patient-Centered Health Facility. In: Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice. 2016 ; Vol. 16. pp. 34-42.
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