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Clinical Sciences

The focus of the group in the School of Dentistry is to examine the extended role of dentists and dental care professionals in general medical health screening and promotion.

This recognises that a large proportion of the public are regular attenders at the dentist and this makes dental practices potentially excellent locations to detect undiagnosed conditions. 

The group aims to explore the perceived barriers to provision of this care from within the dental profession and public and seeks to develop screening protocols that will address them. The clinical and cost effectiveness of these screening approaches are also being investigated. 

Additionally, the group recognises the importance of public involvement and is developing projects with the public around the promotion of early diagnosis of medical conditions.  Current projects are focused on diabetes and atrial fibrillation and the high proportion of individuals that remain undiagnosed. However other medical conditions are also being explored.