Involving consumers in dental decisions

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consumers in dental decisions

Following a competitive tender process, the Australian Dental Council (ADC) has appointed the University of Sydney to complete research into the involvement of consumers in the design and delivery of dental assessments and examinations.

It is becoming internationally recognised that consumer participation in the design and delivery of healthcare plays a vital role in providing safe, quality services in all settings, but what are the benefits of patient involvement in accreditation processes?

New research being conducted by The University of Sydney School of Dentistry will identify possible areas for consumers and the community to meaningfully contribute to the processes of accreditation authorities, such as the ADC.

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“It’s increasingly important for dental patients to take an active role in the process of designing and implementing the assessments and examinations that allow dental practitioners to register as qualified clinicians,” lead investigator Dr Alexander Holden said.

As an emerging area of inquiry, there is a growing focus among accreditation authorities on what benefits consumers can bring to organisational processes and this study will help the ADC better understand how other organisations, nationally and internationally, can involve consumers and the community in similar processes.

More information on the ADC’s dental practitioner assessment process is available here.

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