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Understanding patients’ oral health information needs (March 2018 Article 2)
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JADA March 2018
Patient engagement through web-based patient health portals (PHP) can offer important benefits to patients and provider organizations by improving both quality and access to care. The authors studied the most relevant, patient-identified, oral health information available in the PHP to inform their assessment of patient-centered care. The authors distributed a 17-question, paper-based survey to patients aged 18 through 80 years in the waiting rooms of 8 dental centers in Wisconsin. Descriptive statistics, along with differences in percentages by sex, age group, and metropolitan status were reported using the c2 and Wilcoxon rank sum test.

Key Words: Patient-centered care; electronic health records; patient portals; surveys and questionnaires; oral health.

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