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Collaboration Consultation

This consultation page is intended for registered dental hygienists and current dental hygiene students to provide feedback.

To see the list of currently open consultations, return to the main Standards of Practice Consultation Page.

This feedback form will be open until 9 am on Monday, July 4. Feedback will be used to shape and revise the draft Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.

Privacy and Reporting

All questions below are optional. Any feedback entered in the form will remain anonymous unless you choose to provide identifying information. Responses will be reported to the College using an aggregate form. Any e-mail addresses collected for the purpose of future notifications will be separated from reporting of the consultation feedback.

Feedback may not be considered for review if it:

  • is unrelated to the Standard or Principle under consultation;
  • contains identifying information that may identify a third party;
  • is abusive, obscene, threatening, or otherwise inappropriate.

To help us gauge the breadth of diversity of registered dental hygienists and students responding, the feedback form includes optional questions about professional practice context and demographics.

Tips for Providing Feedback

  • Use an up-to-date web browser.
  • Before you begin providing feedback, review the Standard of Practice and take note of any questions, comments, or concerns you may have.
  • Be specific and provide as much detail and context to your feedback as possible. There are no word limits on the response boxes. 
  • If you begin the feedback form and are unable to complete it in the same session, your responses will not be saved.
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Collaboration Draft Standard of Practice

Click to view the Collaboration draft Standard of Practice in PDF form.

Standard Statement

The dental hygienist collaborates with clients, health professionals and others in a cooperative, constructive, and respectful manner.

Performance Expectations

The dental hygienist must…

1. Recognize their own limitations throughout service delivery and collaborate as appropriate with other health professionals for the benefit of the client.
2. Consult with others and facilitate referrals to appropriate health professionals, facilities, programs, or government agencies when the client’s needs fall outside the dental hygienist’s scope and/or competence.
3. Share client information with others, consistent with informed consent, privacy, and as required by legislation.
4. Coordinate dental hygiene services with the client and others to ensure the services are integrated into the client’s overall and oral health plan, as appropriate.
5. Function effectively and appropriately within interprofessional teams for the benefit of the client.
6. Engage with others, including the client, to share in decision making, prevent misunderstandings, manage differences, and take action to manage any conflicts which may arise.
7. Communicate the need for any referrals with the client.

Client Expectation

The client can expect that the dental hygienist will collaborate effectively to provide safe, competent, and ethical care.


Dental Hygiene Services:

Dental hygiene services include the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of oral health conditions through therapeutic, educational, and preventive dental hygiene procedures and strategies that promote wellness. These procedures and strategies include restricted activities authorized by the Alberta Dental Hygienists Profession Regulation. Dental hygiene services are provided to individual clients or communities by dental hygienists in their roles as clinicians, educators, researchers, administrators, health promoters, and consultants.

Those within the person’s circle of care, including health and social work professionals, administrative personnel, cultural brokers, and those directly or indirectly involved in supporting the health and well-being of a client. The term may also include representatives from private, voluntary, and non-profit groups, and government sectors. (FDHRC)

Collaboration Feedback Form

Demographic Questions

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