Shriver Center, Center for Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Research
Dental Public Health and Education | Health Services Administration | Health Services Research | Mental Disorders | Psychiatry and Psychology | Psychology | Public Health
Dental schools and dental hygiene programs are required to incorporate specialized training in their programs to serve people with special needs, however people with intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD) continue to experience poor oral health outcomes. Access to clinicians with the desire and skill to care for people with I/DD remains a challenge. There is a need to understand the best approaches to improve access, and to reduce disparity in oral health, for this vulnerable population representing approximately 1-3% of the general population. Researchers are systematically investigating the literature to uncover evidence of effective approaches to improve access and to support good oral health behaviors. These approaches should be integrated into educational curricula.
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Dental Education, Oral Health, Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Developmental Disabilities, Systematic Review
Clifford, Christine J.; Bonardi, Alexandra; and Holder, Matthew, "Educating Dental Health Professionals about People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities" (2015). Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center Publications. 57.