Pre-Doctoral Dental Faculty Perceptions Toward Value-Based Care: An Exploratory Story

Published 09/29/2022

Value-based care (VBC) is a new concept in dentistry, and moving to VBC models will require work and support in dental education, according to a new article in the Journal of Dental Education. The article, authored by researchers at CareQuest Institute and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Adams School of Dentistry, found that dental school faculty have some understanding of VBC, but more training and guidance is needed to prepare faculty to teach the concept to dental students.  

Researchers interviewed dental school faculty to establish a baseline of their knowledge of VBC and to understand what they need to educate dental students about VBC.  The authors write:

“If dental graduates are to be ready to emphasize health outcomes and be part of a value-based system, dental curricula must include a focus on these components. Teaching VBC is a paradigm shift from traditional dental curricula focused on clinical skills . . . " 

Faculty and subject matter experts interviewed said that a change in teaching to include VBC will need support from clinical faculty and institutional leadership.  

Read the article in the Journal of Dental Education (subscription required)  

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