Vurnerable older people often need intensive preventive and curative oral health care. However, their physical and cognitive decline does not always allow for lege artis implementation of dental treatments. This causes practical problems often with related moral issues. Including these moral issues in planning and implementation will make oral healthcare more effective and will also alleviate moral pressure on oral healthcare providers. Mostly the moral issues relate to every day ethics, which can be solved by all persons involved collectively, in open consultation and with an ethics of care approach. This means aiming at ‘doing the right thing in the right way’, including all the relevant aspects of the person of the patient and his/her environment. To achieve this, oral health care should be embedded in the overall care process for the elderly and care providers should feel involved with the older person and have reflective skills.
E. van Leeuwen
|Publicatiedatum||6 december 2019|
|Editie||Ned Tijdschr Tandheelkd - Jaargang 126 - editie 12 - december 2019; 687-695|