Patient-Centred Care in Dentistry: Definitions and Models - Commentary

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Patient-centred care is an important approach that is currently being adopted, to varying degrees of success, in a number of healthcare settings, particularly in family medicine and nursing. However, patient-centred care is relatively understudied in dentistry. This commentary aims to provide a general overview of patient-centred care studies conducted in dentistry, of how the approach is defined in this setting, and of the different models that have aimed to operationalize the concept. This concept is particularly relevant to dental education as current guidelines for dentists encourage and require them to adopt different dimensions of this approach. In addition to policies and guidelines, there is evidence that suggests that the adoption of patient-centred care would result in positive outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
JournalEuropean Journal of Dental Education
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020


  • dental services research
  • patient-centred care
  • person-centred care


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