General as well as oral health care is a dynamic process which involves combined efforts on part of the health care provider and the patients. Poor patient compliance is one of the most important factors in treatment failure. Patients often fail to follow dental practitioner’s instructions before and after the provided treatment. Poor oral hygiene maintenance, negligence in carrying out tooth brushing in the morning and before going to bed and increased intake of refined sugars results in tooth decay and loss.
Another important concept is patient education regarding common diseases and disorders and their early detection. Early diagnosis and screening of various oral health problems at home can be extremely helpful in stopping disease progression and complete health recovery. People should know the basics of health care and keep necessary equipment like blood pressure measurement devices and sugar screening kits for scheduling an early consultation visit before the disease process gets worse. This article describes the importance of the all such procedures and their significance.
Unless people become more involved in their own care, says Jeremy Laurance, health services such as the NHS will collapse beneath the expectations of growing and ageing populations
Virtually all of us are or will be patients at some point in our lives. It is strange, then, that when you think of the immense effort, time and resources invested in the NHS, the most important experts – ordinary people managing their own health – are typically left out of the equation.
“Professionals need to get off their pedestals and patients need to get off their knees,” says Robert Johnstone of the International Alliance of Patient Organisations. The aim is to change the clinical paradigm from “What is the matter?” to “What matters to you?”
Evidence shows that, when patients share in making clinical decisions and are encouraged to manage their own conditions and look after themselves, not only does their health improve but they also make less use of health services.
Now, with her mobile phone and a few items of basic equipment – thermometer, scales, blood pressure monitor and pulse oximeter (a thimble-like device clipped to the end of the finger to measure the oxygen level in the blood) – she can monitor her condition from her own front room without having to struggle to the surgery to see her GP.
Similarly, patients with dementia are a rapidly expanding group whose care is often poor. Now they or their families can record their choices, medication and care plan on a website called Health Fabric, which ensures that they get personalised care, reducing the use of anti-psychotic drugs and admissions to care home or hospital.
Women are a key target because of their pivotal role in preserving the health of their families. In the UK, men typically neglect their health until prompted to attend to it by their partners. Elsewhere, half the global reduction in child deaths over the past 40 years is attributable to the improved education of women, according to a recent study.