November 2018 Volume LIII Number 6

 
 
 
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Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center Updates

November 2018 Volume LIII Number 6

Updated AAPD Research Agenda

A research agenda should not be driven by funding, but by the encouragement of funding into critically important areas, according to the AAPD Council on Scientific Affairs, chaired by Donald L. Chi, D.D.S., Ph.D. To encourage evidence-based clinical care and improve patient oral health, the revised AAPD Research Agenda for 2018-2019 urges funding agencies to devote resources to the following areas:
 
  • Improved diagnosis, prevention, and management of dental and craniofacial conditions through the life course (e.g., emerging dental caries management agents, precision/personalized oral health care, technologies and strategies to monitor and promote health and self-care).
  • Interdisciplinary research to understand and eliminate oral health disparities and promote oral health for all (e.g., basic behavioral and social determinants of health, development of evidence-based public health interventions, clinical trials focusing on children and vulnerable populations, integration of dentistry into the health care delivery system, interoperable databases between medicine and dentistry, models of interprofessional collaboration, data sharing, training, and team science).
  • Translational research to move scientific knowledge into practice and policy (e.g., dissemination and implementation of evidence-based care principles into clinical practice, barriers to dissemination and implementation, policy and practice partnerships).

Safety Committee Update

The AAPD Committee on Safety examines the processes and culture of patient safety as they pertain to the practice of pediatric dentistry, and makes recommendations to the AAPD as to possible initiatives the organization could implement to enhance the safety of children in a pediatric dental office.

The committee continues to move forward with development, planning and coordination of their current main projects:
  1. A sedation/general anesthesia accreditation model for pediatric dental practices;
  2. A safety resource manual/online toolkit serving as a dynamic online resource providing links to many other resources with areas of expertise like the CDC, OSAP, etc.;
  3. A safety symposium in 2019; and
  4. A Guest Editorial in the Pediatric Dentistry July/August 2018 issue that outlines the absolute commitment the AAPD has made to Patient and Provider Safety and discusses the initial projects outlined above.