In early March, oral health professionals from across the country came together in Cambridge, Massachusetts for the DentaQuest Institute Dental Caries Management (DCM) Collaborative Learning Session 1. There were more than 35 oral health professionals attending from 14 hospitals, community health centers, and private practices, representing a total of 10 states.
The DCM Collaborative is an 18-month quality improvement initiative focused on developing and testing a chronic disease management protocol for children and adolescents ages six to twenty. Participating sites have formed improvement teams that will work to adopt a comprehensive disease management protocol that includes a caries risk assessment, effective communication with parents and patients, self-management goals, and recare intervals based on caries risk. Teams will use quality improvement methodology to test and implement small changes to accelerate adoption of this disease management approach to ultimately achieve better outcomes for children and adolescents.
To read more about the collaborative, go to dentaquestinstitute.org/dcm.