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Medicina Oral, Patología Oral y Cirugía Bucal (Internet)

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Abstract

NOVA GARCIA, M. Joaquín de et al. Program for coordinated dental care under general anaesthesia for children with special needs. Med. oral patol. oral cir.bucal (Internet) [online]. 2007, vol.12, n.8, pp.569-575. ISSN 1698-6946.

Aim: To draw up a program for coordination of dental care for children with special needs between the Course at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCMC) (Specialisation in holistic dental care for children with special needs), and the Disabled Children’s Oral Health Unit (DCOHU) within the Madrid Health Service (SERMAS). Material and methods: UCMC Protocol for children with special needs. Design of a clinical pathway based on consensus amongst the professionals involved. Results: Algorithm for dental care for children with special needs. Matrix covering all activities and timing for full dental diagnosis in such patients (general health, oral health and behaviour) to facilitate proper referral of patients requiring general anaesthesia. Inclusion in the matrix of those responsible for each activity. Conclusions: Improved team work (University - primary health care) in patient evaluation, in provision of information to parents and guardians and in health care quality. From the teaching point of view, students learn to adopt a systematic approach in the decision-making process.

Keywords : Dental care pathway; dentistry in children with special needs; holistic dentistry; dentistry under general anaesthesia.

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