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Title The U.S. oral health workforce in the coming decade : workshop summary / Tracy A. Harris, rapporteur ; Board on Health Care Services, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies
Published Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, ©2009


Description 1 online resource (xii, 170 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Series Online access: NCBI NCBI Bookshelf
Contents Introduction -- The connection between oral health and overall health and well-being -- Current oral health needs and the status of access to care -- Current demographics and future trends of the oral health workforce -- Current delivery systems -- End-of-day discussion: day 1 -- Challenges of the current system -- The ethical principles and obligations to increasing access -- The international experience -- Workforce strategies for improving access -- End-of-day discussion: day 2 -- A charge to improve children's access to oral health services -- Reframing the system -- Concluding remarks
Summary "Access to oral health services is a problem for all segments of the U.S. population, and especially problematic for vulnerable populations, such as rural and underserved populations. The many challenges to improving access to oral health services include the lack of coordination and integration among the oral health, public health, and medical health care systems; misaligned payment and education systems that focus on the treatment of dental disease rather than prevention; the lack of a robust evidence base for many dental procedures and workforce models; and regulatory barriers that prevent the exploration of alternative models of care. This volume, the summary of a three-day workshop, evaluates the sufficiency of the U.S. oral health workforce to consider three key questions: What is the current status of access to oral health services for the U.S. population? What workforce strategies hold promise to improve access to oral health services? How can policy makers, state and federal governments, and oral health care providers and practitioners improve the regulations and structure of the oral health care system to improve access to oral health services?"
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes English
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Subject Dental public health -- United States
Mouth -- Diseases -- United States -- Prevention
Teeth -- Diseases -- United States -- Prevention
Health care reform.
Health services accessibility.
Dental Health Services -- trends
Health Care Reform
Health Services Accessibility
Health Status Disparities
HEALTH & FITNESS -- Health Care Issues.
MEDICAL -- Public Health.
MEDICAL -- Health Policy.
HEALTH & FITNESS -- Diseases -- General.
MEDICAL -- Diseases.
MEDICAL -- Health Care Delivery.
Health services accessibility
Health care reform
Dental public health
Mouth -- Diseases -- Prevention
Teeth -- Diseases -- Prevention
SUBJECT United States
Subject United States
Form Electronic book
Author Harris, Tracy A.
Institute of Medicine (U.S.). Board on Health Care Services.
ISBN 9780309139052