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A critical synthesis of the role of the pharmacist in oral healthcare and management of medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Philip Preshaw



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© 2020, The Author(s).Objective: To consolidate extant published evidence in relation to the potential of integrating oral healthcare for patients at risk of developing medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ). Methods: A critical synthesis and consolidation of five publications was undertaken. As a mechanism of situating the extant work within the context of primary healthcare provision, the Rainbow Model of Integrated Care was applied as a theoretical lens through which the conceptual findings could be collectively applied to practice. Results: The critical synthesis revealed a thematic emergence relating to both formative and normative integration. The most salient of these were the identification of limited shared clinical records, and disconnection of oral healthcare provision from patients’ general medical care. The three levels of the Rainbow Model of Integrated Care reflected a series of issues for address. Conclusion: In the context of collaborative, multi-disciplinary working for patients at risk of development of MRONJ, pharmacists are a professional group which this research reveals to be an underutilised resource. Reduction of oral health inequality at all levels of patient care is a key priority and this research highlights areas for address in relation to requirements for interprofessional education, optimal communication and policies reflective and facilitative of these.

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Author(s): Sturrock A, Preshaw PM, Hayes C, Wilkes S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: BDJ Open

Year: 2020

Volume: 6

Print publication date: 01/12/2020

Online publication date: 11/08/2020

Acceptance date: 29/06/2020

Date deposited: 26/08/2020

ISSN (print): 0007-0610

ISSN (electronic): 2056-807X

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group


DOI: 10.1038/s41405-020-0043-7


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