About the Project
Those older patients who are economically deprived have been shown to attend for dental visits less regularly(4). The British Dental Association 2020 Vision for oral healthcare for older people recommended improving information about charges, increasing accessibility to services, and the free provision of oral health assessments for patients over the age of 60 years (5). These measures have been adopted to a varying degree in the UK and other countries.
Improving the availability and accessibility of dental services for older patients would reduce the need to rely on emergency dental care and could improve their oral health outcomes. This project will employ mixed method research and operational research techniques used in our previous work (6) to design acceptable and efficient evidenced-based dental service package for older people.
Goal of this project:
This project will address the following aims
1. To establish the nature and demand of dental care from older people
2. To establish the opinions and perceptions of comprehensive oral health care from older people
3. To evaluate existing models of care and design effective and acceptable dental care models for older people
4. To outline an acceptable and high ‘return on investment’ approach to the delivery of dental care to older people.
1. Marcenes W, Kassebaum NJ, Bernabé E, Flaxman A, Naghavi M, Lopez A, et al. Global Burden of Oral Conditions in 1990-2010. Journal of Dental Research. 2013;92(7):592-7. PubMed PMID: 23720570.
2. Gallagher J, Kleinman E, Harper P. Modelling workforce skill-mix: how can dental professionals meet the needs and demands of older people in England? British Dental Journal. 2010;208(3):E6; discussion 116-7.
3. NHS Choices. About NHS Dentists 2007. Available from: http://www.nhs.uk/aboutnhs/ howthe NHSworks/dentists / Pages/ Dentists Summary.aspx.
4. Marshman Z, Porritt J, Dyer T, Wyborn C, Godson J, Baker S. What influences the use of dental services by adults in the UK? Community dentistry and oral epidemiology. 2012;40(4):306-14.
5. British Dental Association. Oral healthcare for older people: 2020. London: British Dental Association, 2003.
6. Wanyonyi KL, Radford DR, Harper PR, Gallagher JE. Alternative scenarios: harnessing mid-level providers and evidence-based practice in primary dental care in England through operational research. Human Resources for Health. 2015;13(1):1-12.
We will consider applications from prospective students with a source of funding to cover tuition and bench fees for three years full-time or 6 years part-time. Both self-funded and sponsored students will be considered.
UK and EU self-funded students might be eligible for both the cost of tuition fees and a yearly stipend over the course of the PhD programme from the Student Finance England: View Website
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