Person-centered care model in dentistry

Hyewon Lee, Natalia I. Chalmers, Avery Brow, Sean Boynes, Michael Monopoli, Mark Doherty, Olivia Croom, Lilly Engineer

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Background: To achieve optimal health and oral health, the system of care must place a person and their social well-being at the center of decision making and understand factors spent outside the clinical settings, including individual behavior, context and lifestyle. Main text: Person-centered care offers a unique and compelling opportunity for dentistry, and its practitioners, to improve quality of care and overall health outcomes. For decades, the dominant treatment modalities within dentistry primarily focused on a surgical, treatment-oriented approach as opposed to health promotion and improvement. However, new business and care models are disrupting the dental care system, and transforming it into one that is focused on disease management and prevention-oriented primary care that considers overall health and well-being. We proposed a person-centered care model to improve oral health as an integral part of overall health. The model identified three key players who act as change agents with their respective roles and responsibilities: Person, provider, and health care system designer. Conclusions: While previous person-centered models in dentistry focused on the role of providers within the clinical setting, this work emphasizes the role of the care designer in creating an environment where both person and provider are able to communicate effectively and achieve improved health outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number198
JournalBMC Oral Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 29 2018


  • Dentistry
  • Integrated care
  • Oral health
  • Person-centered care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry


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