Ethical issues in oral healthcare for older adults

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Abstract

The use of dental services by older adults is increasing, and a variety of ethical and moral dilemmas may arise not only because of a lack of financial resources and insurance, but also due to a higher prevalence of chronic diseases and disabilities that may complicate informed consent and selection of appropriate treatment options. Behavior management can also be a concern for older adults with neuropsychiatric disorders-and questions may surface about oral health-related manifestations of potential abuse and neglect. This article reviews key ethical issues in providing oral healthcare for older adults and offers strategies to address them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-78
Number of pages9
JournalGenerations
Volume40
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

Keywords

  • Dental care
  • Ethics
  • Informed consent
  • Oral health

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