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VOLUME 9 , ISSUE 1 ( January, 2008 ) > List of Articles

RESEARCH ARTICLE

Developing Lifetime Relationships with Patients: Strategies to Improve Patient Care and Build Your Practice

Roger P. Levin

Citation Information : Levin RP. Developing Lifetime Relationships with Patients: Strategies to Improve Patient Care and Build Your Practice. J Contemp Dent Pract 2008; 9 (1):105-112.

DOI: 10.5005/jcdp-9-1-105

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 01-01-2008

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2008; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Aim

The purpose of this article is to describe three strategies to build a thriving, patient-centered practice and promote oral health throughout a patient's lifetime.

Background

Compared to previous decades, more dental patients are “shopping around” for dental care and changing dental practices. This trend is due to factors such as acceptance of dental insurance, more comprehensive service offerings by other dentists, and effective marketing campaigns by other dental offices.

Findings

Delivering customer service exceeding patient expectations (“WOW” service), advocating patient education, and developing customized home care regimens will help lead to long-term patient retention and promote optimal patient care.

Discussion

A dental team making relationship-building a priority conveys respect for their patients’ time and well-being. Once trust has been established patients are more likely to be receptive to oral health education and become more compliant with home care regimens. Since a patient's oral health status will likely change over time, it's important to make education and customized treatment planning an integral part of each visit.

Conclusions

By demonstrating a strong commitment to customer service, education, and home care, patients recognize the care providers in a dental practice are interested in their well-being rather than simply treating problems.

Clinical Significance

If patients recognize a dental practice is focused on prevention and at-home oral health care, they are more likely to partner with that practice for a lifetime of excellent oral health care.

Keywords

Patient-centered practice, comprehensive service, patient education

Citation

Levin RP. Developing Lifetime Relationships with Patients: Strategies to Improve Patient Care and Build Your Practice. J Contemp Dent Pract 2008 January; (9)1:105-112.


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