Stakeholder Engagement and Multi-Risk Assessment in Dental Care Settings

Précis:

The dentist’s office may be an important setting for conducting multi-risk assessments (MRAs) for oral and physical health risks to increase opportunities for early assessment of and intervention for risk behaviors.  This study will characterize dental practitioners’ (dentists and hygienists), dental payers’, and patients’ attitudes about: (a) conducting/participating in MRAs during dental visits; and (b) providing/receiving follow-up counseling about and referrals for identified risks. An analysis also will be conducted of the dentists’ and dental hygienists’ scope of practice documents to determine if there are any regulatory barriers for conducting MRAs, risk behavior counseling, and referrals.