Updated Clinical Guidelines and Integrated Care Pathways for the Oral Health Care of People with Learning Disabilities are now available from the British Society for Disability and Oral Health (BSDH).
These guidelines were originally a joint initiative between the Development Group for Community Dental Practice of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of The Royal College of Surgeons of England and the British Society for Disability and Oral Health. The aim of these Guidelines is to improve the oral health of people with learning disabilities by increasing the knowledge and skills of all those involved in the provision of their care.
The guidelines have a wide target audience
Everyone involved in the care of people with learning disabilities – including service users, their parents and families, carers and advocates, health and social service commissioners and providers, dental and health professionals, education and training establishments, private and voluntary sector organisations, and planners and politicians.
The authors hope that these guidelines will provide the foundation for local guidelines and protocols for this group of patients. To this end there are large number of recommendations, the majority of which are based on expert consensus, as high quality evidence is not often available for this widely varied patient group. In addition to recommendations there is practical advice and information regarding a number of other useful UK resources as well as recommendations for future research.
The full guideline is available to download from the BSDH website