Dr. Sree Koka, Prosthodontist in San Diego California, comes back to speak with Dr. John O’Keefe about his recently published article about value-based dentistry.
Read the article here: Value-based dentistry: Putting the patient first
When treating patients, it is advantageous to understand the concept of value-based dentistry. Practitioners should know what their patients perceive as value (preferences, beliefs, what they are looking for) as well as their perceptions about the cost of treatment which is not just financial, but biological, time and inconvenience costs. Value-based dentistry helps dentists to deliver individualized treatment options to patients that align with their values and desires.
Evidence-based dentistry, while useful, at times, often supersedes how we treat patients. It may be more beneficial to design treatment plan options on what patients desire and aspire to. Then, evidence-based information can help clinicians guide patients to the best option for their situation.