Dental therapy was introduced into the dental team as an advanced practice provider with the intention to increase access to care while providing high quality care in a cost-effective manner. It is essential that the dental therapist is able to provide patient-centered care to minimize patients’ suffering. In order to assess patients’ suffering, it is critical to understand the impact of care and dental patient-reported outcomes (dPROs). The use of dPROs in evidence-based clinical practice can assess the impact that the advanced practice provider has in dentistry. The presence of dPROs in evidence-based clinical practice will show the equivalence and differences in impact of the dental therapist and dentist. Currently, there is limited research regarding the use of dPROs in dental therapy. A roadmap in this paper demonstrates possible ways to collect dPROs in dental therapy and advance evidence-based dental practice. Recommendations in ways to achieve the roadmap, possible research designs, and expansion in knowledge of dental therapy and dPROs are provided. It is important to explore the advanced practice provider and the possibilities in evidence-based dentistry with the usage of dPROs.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
SOURCE OF FUNDING: Phonsuda Chanthavisouk and Swaha Pattanaik were supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research of the National Institutes of Health, USA , under Award Number R01DE028059 .
- Advanced practice provider
- Dental patients
- Dental therapy
- Dental-patient reported outcomes
- Dental-patient reported outcomes measures
- Oral health-related quality of life
- Evidence-Based Dentistry
- Patient Reported Outcome Measures
PubMed: MeSH publication types
- Journal Article
- Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural