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International Journal of Oral Health Dentistry


Quality Assurance in Dentistry: A Need in Indian Scenario


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Author Details: Anubha Agarwal, Himanshu Aeran, Shashank Uniyal, Akanksha Nautiyal

Volume : 1

Issue : 4

Online ISSN : 2395-499X

Print ISSN : 2395-4914

Article First Page : 172

Article End Page : 176


Abstract

Purpose: To describe the standards of quality dental care, quality control system and the policies concerning quality assurance in dentistry, in Indian scenario.
Data Source: Study of relevant literature and books.
Results: Quality is described as the degree to which the entire set of characteristics of a product, process or service satisfies established or obvious needs. With respect to Quality Assurance, the government merely tends to frame the standards through accreditation. Whereas the professional organizations support the individual dentist by developing a quality assurance system and delivering tools for quality assessment.  Different activities within such a quality assurance system are standards of quality dental care framed by NABH, Clinical Establishment Act standards for Dental centres and principles of Total Quality Management & Quality Assurance.
Conclusion: Delivering quality dental services is one of the major challenges that dental healthcare professional are facing in the developing countries. Therefore, effort should be made to develop a fundamentally better patient care system that will lead to an improved performance. The aim of this article is to explore various quality care policies and activities to develop quality assurance system in general dentistry.

Key Words: Accreditation, dentistry, quality assurance, quality control.