“Access to dental services for people with learning disabilities: Quality care?”

Janine Owens (Corresponding), Krishan Mistry, Thomas, Anthony Dyer

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Abstract

Aims and objectives: To represent the unheard voices of people with learning disabilities and their carers concerning access to dental services. The objective was to explore the oral health experiences of people with learning disabilities and
their carers using the social model of disability as a lens through which to view data.
Design: Qualitative methods employed a blend of ethnography and narrative. A purposive sample of ten people with learning disabilities, and their carers, was employed. Interviewing was used as the main tool of data collection, but pluralistic methods were used to obtain and build stories.
Results: The main narratives for all participants centred on issues related to quality care and a wider definition of access than described in the existing dental literature. This highlighted issues related to other dimensions of quality care.
Conclusion: This study suggests that policy and guidance, whilst prescriptive and available, has so far been ineffective in improving access and consequently the quality of oral health care for people with learning disabilities. A modified model
of access is suggested for Primary Care Organisations alongside guidance by the British Society for Disability and Oral Health, to inform the commissioning of services that enable optimum access to quality care
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-27
Number of pages10
JournalBritish Journal of Disability and Oral Health
Volume12
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

Keywords

  • Learning disabilities
  • access
  • quality care
  • policy
  • oral health

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