Best practice for Caring for Patients with Cystic Fibrosis in Primary Dental Care

Ireland has the highest global incidence of Cystic Fibrosis and future trends predict that the adult Cystic Fibrosis population in Europe will increase by 75% by 2025, therefore it is timely and necessary to equip dental professionals with the most current information and guidance surrounding the management of Cystic Fibrosis.

The need for an educational event was identified following a HRB funded online questionnaire completed by over one hundred dentists, in which 80% felt that their knowledge and confidence in managing People with Cystic Fibrosis (PWCF) was insufficient and guidance in this area was inadequate.  The event will be primarily for members of the dental team (dentists, dental nurses, and hygienists) working in both a community and hospital setting however healthcare workers from all disciplines will be welcomed. The event will include an array of short presentations by patient advocates, dentists and members of the Cystic Fibrosis multidisciplinary team. The main objective of the conference is to highlight recent changes in the treatment and therapies used for Cystic Fibrosis and to provide guidance to all members of the dental team regarding the dental management of this medically-complex population. This includes but is not limited to current medications which have dental implications, oral health risk factors, cross infection control in a dental setting, and nutritional advice relevant to oral health.   A secondary aim of the event is to establish a dialogue between dental professionals and members of the Cystic Fibrosis interdisciplinary team so that obstacles to the provision of oral care to such patients can be identified and overcome.

Award Date
26 April 2022
Award Value
Principal Investigator
Dr Martina Hayes
Host Institution
University College Cork
Conference and Event Sponsorship Scheme