Development and implementation of an online screening application at the university of Texas health science center at San Antonio dental school

Joseph P. Connor, William D. Hendricson, Gary F. Guest, William W. Dodge

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Abstract

This article describes a quality improvement (QI) initiative that is in process at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) Dental School and the website that grew out of this effort. The process of screening and assignment of patients was selected for improvement in 2006. QI methods were used to develop a website that improves access to care for patients and assists in the matching of patients and students. The website (www.dentalscreening.com) has received more than 15,000 screening applications in the period from May 2007 to January 2010 and has provided unprecedented insight into the needs of our patients. This article outlines the process by which the website was created, the rationale for the design, and the benefits of establishing a screening website for any dental school. The program was developed entirely at UTHSCSA, but it addresses a problem that may affect many dental schools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1206-1213
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of dental education
Volume74
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2010

Keywords

  • Dental care access
  • Dental school clinic
  • Information technology
  • Online screening
  • Quality improvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Dentistry(all)

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