Special Issue "Efficiency and Quality in Dental Medicine"
A special issue of Dentistry Journal (ISSN 2304-6767).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 August 2019.
Quality of care and efficiency of care are two matters that have not received a great deal of attention in dental medicine. Private practitioners are incentivized to deliver efficient and high-quality care to maximize profits and bring return customers. However, all dentists know that less than adequate work can still last a long time. Imperfect margins, inadequate esthetics, overhangs, and under-fills can last many years in some patients. There is no true reward for high-quality or highly-efficient care in dental medicine.
The predominant reimbursement model in the dental profession is fee-for-service, which rewards only volume. Moreover, prevention is not reimbursed as much as intervention and research has demonstrated that fee-for-service models subconsciously (or consciously) incentivize us to treat aggressively rather than conservatively . In fact, even the World Health Organization reports that fee-for-service results in “overservicing” because neither doctor nor patient have any incentive to reduce costs .
As a result of this, our profession may give less regard to efficiency and quality than peers in medicine, for whom income is affected by these outcomes. My vision for this Special Issue is to publish articles that demonstrate measureable improvements in efficiency and/or quality of patient care that can be adapted by other practices and clinics in the dental profession. Although there is currently no direct financial incentive for high-quality or highly-efficient care, this is a goal our profession must unrelentingly pursue. As more research demonstrates that oral health is linked to systemic health , it is critical to the health of our patients that we deliver excellent dental care.
We would like to invite you to consider submitting articles to this Special Issue of TDJ entitled, “Efficiency and Quality in Dental Medicine.” Articles published are publicly available to the dental community and TDJ is indexed in PubMed, with full-text archiving in PubMed Central and high visibility (ISSN 2304-6767, https://www.mdpi.com/journal/dentistry).
- Nguyen L.L., Smith A.D., Scully R.E., Jiang W., Learn P.A., Lipsitz S.R., Weissman J.S., Helmchen L.A., Koehlmoos T., Hoburg A., Kimsey L.G.. Provider-Induced Demand in the Treatment of Carotid Artery Stenosis: Variation in Treatment Decisions Between Private Sector Fee-for-Service vs Salary-Based Military Physicians. JAMA Surg. 2017, 152, 565-572. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5831423/
- World Health Organization (WHO). Health System Financing. WHO: Geneva, Switzerland; 2010. p. 72–5. http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/44371/9789241564021_eng.pdf;jsessionid=24107EA385266474B5057415497B4893?sequence=1
- Jeffcoat M.K., Jeffcoat R.L., Gladowski P.A., Bramson J.B., Blum J.J. Impact of Periodontal Therapy on General Health: Evidence from Insurance Data for Five Systemic Conditions. Am J Prev Med. 2014, 47, 166–174. (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0749379714001536?via=ihub)
Dr. Romesh Nalliah
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