An initial, qualitative investigation of patient-centered education in dentistry

Marc Clayton, Chuck Borromeo, Sherry Hess, Harry Hochheiser, Titus Schleyer

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Patient education plays an important role in the delivery of dental care. Current evidence suggests that the emergence of the Internet and other electronic resources are significantly influencing how patients learn about their healthcare. We conducted a qualitative inquiry using a combination of interviews with patients and clinicians, and direct observation of patient education episodes, to begin identifying requirements for customized, patient-centered approaches to education at the point of care. Most patients in our study felt comfortable with the amount and method of education during the dental visit, but 38% sought additional information on the Internet. Dentists and their team members provided patient education mostly verbally, supported by media such as radiographs, images and models. Electronic means, especially the Internet, were little used. Patient education occupied a significant portion of the time of initial comprehensive examination (29%) and routine (7%) dental visits. A deeper understanding of patient knowledge deficits and information needs will be needed to design effective educational interventions. Patient education should be meaningfully integrated into the workflow shared by dentists, their team members and patients, in order to maximize its outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)314-318
Number of pages5
JournalStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • dental
  • dental informatics
  • general practice
  • Internet
  • patient education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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