A report from the University of Colorado School of Dentistry finds that integrative medical-dental models can improve overall healthcare outcomes in vulnerable populations

A report from the University of Colorado School of Dentistry finds that integrative medical-dental models can improve overall healthcare outcomes in vulnerable populations

The review, funded by the Delta Dental Institute, indicates that streamlined communication and care team collaboration and adaptability are best practices for positive patient outcomes

The report from the University of Colorado School of Dentistry finds that integrative medical-dental models can improve overall healthcare outcomes in vulnerable populations. The review, funded by the Delta Dental Institute, indicates that streamlined communication and care team collaboration and adaptability are best practices for positive patient outcomes.

AURORA, Colorado and WASHINGTON, September 20, 2022 Improved communication between dental and medical providers reduces barriers to care. According to a new report from the University of Colorado School of Dentistry, Medico-Dental Integration (MDI) improves positive health outcomes for vulnerable populations, such as at-risk children, pregnant women, the elderly, and those requiring chronic disease management.

dr. Tiwari ParkAssistant Professor in the Department of Community Dentistry and Population Health at University of Colorado The Anschutz Medical Campus School of Dentistry has led the review of MDI models for the past decade.

“The review reveals that in an MDI model, coordinated and streamlined communication and collaboration across the entire care team is critical for positive patient outcomes and provider engagement,” said Dr. Tiwari. “Identifying creative ways to adapt to specific situations can help increase access to oral health screenings, diagnosis, and patient referrals for chronic disease management. This has the potential reduce the number of appointments and providers a patient must interact with, increasing the likelihood that patients will receive critical preventative care.”

The Delta Dental Institute funded the report, which supports research-based exploration of care delivery models like MDI that improve health care outcomes and advance patient-centered care.

“Oral health is an essential part of a person’s overall health,” said Joseph Dill, DDS, MBA, Head of Dental Science at Delta Dental Institute. “Care delivery models that rely on collaboration and integration between primary and dental care teams, when successfully implemented, can create more inclusive approaches that help the health system work better. for everyone.”

Key takeaways from the report include:

  • Implementation Best Practices

  • Recommendations for the sustainability of integrated services

  • Overview of successful models of care

Dr. Tiwari will present the findings of her report at the Interprofessional Collaborations to Improve Oral Health poster session on November 7, 2022at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association.

About Delta Dental Institute

The Delta Dental Institute is dedicated to advancing oral health for all Americans in partnership with Delta Dental companies and dedicated partners across the country. With expertise rooted in Delta Dental’s rich history of oral health leadership, we engage and support oral health research, community awareness and advocacy, striving to ensure that everyone understands the importance of oral health for overall health and has access to the care they need. . Visit deltadentalinstitute.com for more information.

About University of Colorado School of Dentistry

The only dental school in the Rocky Mountain region, the University of Colorado School of Dentistry, is a leader in innovation. The school offers five incredible dental programs, including three residencies and eight clinics on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Students learn in all dimensions, from virtual reality to the real world. The school offers interprofessional experience, research activities and patient care. Patients can get quality care from our esteemed faculty, staff, and students. Additional school information: https://dental.cuanschutz.edu/.

About University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

The University of Colorado The Anschutz Medical Campus is a world-class medical destination at the forefront of transformative science, medicine, education, and healthcare. The campus includes the University of Colorado health professional schools, over 60 centers and institutes and two nationally ranked hospitals treating over 2 million adult and pediatric patients annually. Innovative, interconnected and highly collaborative, we deliver life-changing treatment, patient care and professional training and conduct world-class research fueled by more than $500 million in research grants. For more information, visit https://www.cuanschutz.edu.

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