Developing a person-centred approach in dentistry beyond NHS recall intervals: a commentary
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Person-centred care (PCC) is acknowledged as a fundamental dimension of quality within health care and provides significant benefits for patients and clinicians. Models of PCC have primarily been developed from the medical literature, with limited consideration of their application within dentistry. The Personalised Care Institute was established to deliver education and training on PCC and is working with the Office of the Chief Dental Officer for England to develop resources on shared decision-making (SDM) to promote tailored recall intervals.This paper seeks to promote the value of PCC and SDM in delivering high-quality care but cautions against the use of generic models or training in view of the potential differences which may exist within dentistry, particularly general dental practice. The authors highlight the need to develop materials and training which are appropriate, contextualised and relevant to dentistry. The capacity and desire to deliver PCC is strongly influenced by the healthcare system which is in operation. The current units of dental activity (UDA) system operating in England would appear to act as a barrier to the delivery of PCC. Unless significant and rapid changes are introduced to the NHS Contract, UDA targets will continue to take precedence over PCC, SDM and tailored recall intervals.