Article: Volume 47 Number 6 Page 515 - June 2020

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General Practice:  Remote Working in Dentistry in a Time of Crisis – Tools and their Uses

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Abstract: This article provides an overview of tools which enable remote working in Dentistry. It assesses the availability of tools for use in three areas of remote working in healthcare: video conference calls between professionals, apps for patients to send photographs to clinicians and platforms for telemedicine clinics and highlights the main features of common tools.

Clinical relevance: Remote working in healthcare has become increasingly popular during the COVID-19 pandemic and an understanding of how this remote working can be utilized in Dentistry, and the associated benefits, is relevant to all clinicians.

Author notes: Kate Parker, BDS(Hons), BA(Hons), MJDF RCS(Eng), MOrth RCS(Eng), FDS(Orth) RCS(Eng), Orthodontic Senior Specialty Registrar, Eastman Dental Hospital and Croydon University Hospital and Matthew Chia, BDS, MFDS RCS(Eng), MSc, MOrth RCS(Eng), FDS(Orth) RCS(Eng), Consultant Orthodontist, Clinical Lead in Orthodontics and Restorative Dentistry, Croydon University Hospital, 530 London Road, Thornton Heath CR7 7YE, UK.

Objective: To have an understanding of remote working in healthcare and the tools available to facilitate this. To appreciate how remote working can be used in Dentistry and aid patient care.

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