Accreditation The American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Designation Statement: The American Medical Directors Association designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
AMDCP Credit Designation: This session has been approved for a total of clinical 1.5 credit hours toward certification as a Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care (CMD).
Session Description: Many long term care professionals have realized the shortcomings of providing an "in-service" approach to improving the oral health of long term care residents. This session will describe a holistic approach designed to change the culture in the facility with the goal of having oral health become integrated into the mission and activities of the institution. A comprehensive set of planning, training and monitoring materials were developed with a national advisory committee and in conjunction with the American Health Care Association. The results of a mentored implementation project will be presented that involved design by facility administration, integration of oral health with other health activities, training of direct care staff, mentored application of training principles, coaching, monitoring and inclusion of oral health performance in job evaluation. Positive change achieved with these methods is far more likely to achieve lasting change than conventional "in-service" education.
Describe the principles used in a holistic approach to improving oral health in long term care facilities.
Explain the ingredients in facilitating integration of oral health into the mission and activities of long term care institutions.
Describe the steps in moving from training to mentoring to monitoring to evaluation of an oral health program in long term care facilities.
Discuss the initiatives of the dental profession to improve the provision of high quality oral health care services to long term care residents.
Speakers(s): Paul L. Mulhausen, MD, MS; Paul Glassman, DDS, MBA
Disclosure(s): Paul L. Mulhausen, MD, MS has no financial disclosures to report. Paul Glassman, DDS, MBA has no financial disclosures to report.
References(s): Glassman P, Miller C, Helgeson M. Overcoming Obstacles to Oral health, 5th Edition. 2011