A partnership evaluation: Public mental health and dental services

Wieland, B, Lau, G, Seifert, D and Siskind, D (2010) A partnership evaluation: Public mental health and dental services. Australasian Psychiatry, 18 6: 506-511. doi:10.3109/10398562.2010.498512

Author Wieland, B
Lau, G
Seifert, D
Siskind, D
Title A partnership evaluation: Public mental health and dental services
Journal name Australasian Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1039-8562
Publication date 2010-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/10398562.2010.498512
Volume 18
Issue 6
Start page 506
End page 511
Total pages 6
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: This study evaluates the partnership between a mental health
service and a public dental hospital in providing timely and effi cient access
to dentistry to patients with a mental illness. In addition, the factors that
contributed to the sustainability of the partnership were examined.
Method: The partnership was appraised using a survey-based evaluation
with 20 patients, 43 community mental health staff and 14 dental staff, and
focus groups with mental health and dental staff.
Results: The partnership between the services is the key element to the success
of improving access to dental services for patients. Overall feedback received
from mental health staff highlighted the importance of the partnership and
its role in meeting the oral health needs of patients. Generally, patients were
satisfi ed with the treatment they received and valued the dental service. Results
highlighted an ongoing problem of poor dietary and lifestyle choices. Dental
staff felt that mental health patients were less likely to take care of their teeth
and were more likely to cancel appointments. Dental staff also acknowledged
frustration with patients with a mental illness not attending appointments or
following through with a recommended course of treatment.
Conclusions: The partnership with the local dental hospital has created a
sustainable way to ensure improved dental health outcomes for patients of
mental health services. This partnership has led to increased access to dental
services and improved follow-up.

© 2010 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.
Keyword Dental care
Dental health services
Mental disorders
Mental health services
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Official 2011 Collection
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