DDU journal spring 2019

Good dental records are a vital part of the treatment process, providing essential documentation for dental professionals and an accurate history of patients' treatment

In the latest DDU journal we take a comprehensive look at the principles of good record keeping; what makes a good record, why they're important and how to avoid the common pitfalls that can come about. Once you've read the article, test your knowledge to earn one hour of CPD.

Also in this issue:

  • Overcoming barriers to communication
  • Appropriate advertising: advice on selling yourself
  • Talking to patients' relatives and carers

...and much more.

Read the issue in full.

This guidance was correct at publication 30/04/2019. It is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.

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