As a result of consumer habit changes, a shift toward person-centered models of care is occurring in both medical and dental settings. However, while much of the medical care system is already operating in Health Care 3.0, oral care lags behind. Through quality improvement collaboratives, medical-dental integration initiatives and the Safety Net Solutions® program, we have worked with partners across the country to develop and test strategies and identify their impact on the oral health care system. We continue to use the lessons learned from these efforts to lead the adoption of oral health person-centered care models that include disease management, interprofessional practice and preparation for a value-based system of care.
Our Approach to Person-Centered Care
Person-centered care is built on life-long relationships among people, providers, communities and others who are invested in a person’s whole life and overall well-being. It includes both clinical and nonclinical factors such as environment and other socio-demographic characteristics. Beyond medical interventions, this approach supports personalized, shared decision-making between patient and provider and focuses on improved quality of life for both the person and the community.