September 29, 2011
Dr. Paul Glassman, professor of dental practice and director of community oral health at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, recently led the announcement of recommendations developed from the American Dental Association's (ADA) National Coalition Consensus Conference: Oral Health of Vulnerable Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities.
The results of the conference were announced on Sept. 29 via a live ADA-hosted webinar moderated by Glassman, who served as chair of the conference's planning group. The conference took place in Washington, D.C. in November 2010.
The National Coalition Consensus Conference aimed at building a consensus among a multi-disciplinary group of dental professionals about how best to provide care for older adults and persons with disabilities. After making formal presentations, experts encouraged input from the 150 representatives from dentistry, medicine, public health and advocacy organizations.
The work done at the conference resulted in a set of recommendations for educational institutions, professional organizations and policy makers on how to improve the oral health of people with disabilities and vulnerable elders. Primary recommendations included implementing delivery systems that bring care directly to patients; focusing on preventative care; and ensuring that any new care delivery programs are collaborative and geographically distributed. Research funding and a focus on education of the general public, primary care givers and oral health professionals were also recommended priorities.
"The conference was historic because it represents the beginning of a national coalition to improve oral health for two vulnerable groups of people," noted Glassman.
To access the archived version of the webinar and learn more about the recommendations, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/292074857
More information about the conference proceedings is available at http://www.ada.org/consensusconference.aspx
Category Type: Dental Issues and Research, Special Events
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