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:
Table of Contents
|2 The Connection Between Oral Health and Overall Health and Well-Being||5-8|
|3 Current Oral Health Needs and the Status of Access to Care||9-22|
|4 Current Demographics and Future Trends of the Oral Health Workforce||23-38|
|5 Current Delivery Systems||39-46|
|6 End-of-Day Discussion: Day 1||47-52|
|7 Challenges of the Current System||53-66|
|8 The Ethical Principles and Obligations to Increasing Access||67-70|
|9 The International Experience||71-80|
|10 Workforce Strategies for Improving Access||81-96|
|11 End-of-Day Discussion: Day 2||97-102|
|12 A Charge to Improve Children's Access to Oral Health Services||103-106|
|13 Reframing the System||107-124|
|14 Concluding Remarks||125-128|
|Appendix A: Workshop Agenda||133-138|
|Appendix B: Planning Committee Biographies||139-144|
|Appendix C: Speakers and Moderators||145-148|
|Appendix D: Workshop Participants||149-158|
|Appendix E: Submitted Comments and Questions||159-170|
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