Value-Based Oral Health Care: Moving Forward With Dental Patient-Reported Outcomes.
SourceJournal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice, 19, 3, (2019), pp. 255-259
1 september 2019
Article / Letter to editor
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Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice
SubjectRadboudumc 18: Healthcare improvement science RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
Value-based oral health care is about improving people's oral health outcomes divided by the costs involved. This article addresses five questions (the "5 W's") pertaining to the measurement of oral health outcomes: why oral health outcomes should be measured, what should be measured, by whom, when, and where. Therefore, dental patient-reported outcome measures offer great potential for driving improvements in oral health care. For illustration, a tentative set of seven key relevant items is presented, which comprises the four dimensions of oral health-related quality of life and the three dental conditions with the highest burden of disease. Through promoting the ample use of oral health outcome measures, it is hoped that this article can contribute to expedite value-based oral health care.
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