Christophe Bedos

Associate Professor
Christophe Bedos
Contact Information
514-398-4400 Ext 0129
Email address: 
christophe.bedos1 [at]

Christophe Bedos is a dentist with a PhD in public health. He is an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences of McGill University and Adjunct Professor with the School of public health of Université de Montréal. His research focuses mainly on access to care for the underprivileged and the development of person-centred dentistry. He seeks out answers to the following questions:

  • What place does oral health occupy in the lives of the underprivileged?
  • How do the living conditions of these individuals impact both their health and recourse to available services?
  • How do health professionals perceive the underprivileged and how do they interact with these individuals?

This research program, which is in keeping with Québec's strategy to combat poverty and social exclusion, emphasizes on knowledge translation, which is to say that it seeks to bring tangible public health solutions. Accordingly, Christophe Bedos has developed close partnerships with:

  1. community associations involved in poverty;
  2. key professional dental organizations;
  3. research groups on social inequality and access to care.
Areas of expertise: 
  • Public health
  • Access to care
  • Social justice
  • Poverty
  • Qualitative research
Research areas: 
Population Oral Health
Selected publications: 

Vergnes JN, Apelian N, Bedos C. Science and the healer: a reflexion on Magnetism, by Guy de Maupassant. Submitted to Perspectives in Biology and Medicine.

Lévesque M, Levine A, Bedos C. Humanizing oral healthcare through continuing education on social determinants of health: Evaluative case study of a Canadian private dental clinic. Submitted to the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

Apelian N, Vergnes JN, Hovey R, Bedos C.  What is patient-centred clinical dentistry? A proposed approach. Submitted to the Journal of the American Dental Association

Sharifian N, Bedos C, Wootton J, El-Mur IJ, Charbonneau A, Emami E. Dental students’ perspectives on rural dental practice: a qualitative study. Journal of the Canadian Dental Association (accepted).

Rashid-Kandvani F, Nicolau B, Bedos C. Access to dental services for people using a wheelchair. American Journal of Public Health. 2-15 Sept. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2015.302686)

Lévesque MC, Levine A, Bedos C. Ideological roadblocks to humanizing dentistry, an evaluative case study of a continuing education course on social determinants of health. Int J Equity Health. 2015 Apr 30;14(1):41.

Vergnes JN, Apelian N, Bedos C. What about narrative dentistry? Journal of the American dental association. 2015 Jun;146(6):398-401.

Loignon C, Fortin M, Haggerty J, Bedos C, Barbeau D, Boudreault-Fournier A, Gottin T, Goulet E, Laprise E. Successful Delivery of Patient-Centered Care to Low-Income Patients: A Qualitative Study. Family Practice. 2015 Apr;32(2):232-6.

Dogba MJ, Rauch F, Douglas E, Bedos C. Impact of three genetic musculoskeletal diseases: a comparative synthesis of achondroplasia, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and osteogenesis imperfecta. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. 2014 Oct 25;12(1):151.

Lévesque MC, Dupéré S, Morin N, Côté J, Roberge N, Laurin I, Charbonneau A, Loignon C, Bedos, C. Translating knowledge on poverty to humanize care: Benefits and synergies of community engagement with the arts. Educational Action Research. 2014. DOI: 10.1080/09650792.2014.980286.

Reis C, Rodriguez C, Macaulay A, Bedos C. Do we need more critical consciousness in health professional education? The case for Dentistry. Journal of Dental Education. 2014;78(12):1604-1614.

Dogba MJ, Rauch F, Montpetit K, Wong T, Ruck J, Glorieux F, Bedos C. From Pediatric to Adult Care: Strategic Evaluation of a Transition Program for Patients with Osteogenesis Imperfecta. BMC Health Services Research. 2014;14:489.

Bedos C, Loignon C, Landry A, Allison PJ, Richard L. Providing care to people on social assistance: how dentists in Montreal, Canada, respond to organisational, biomedical, and financial challenges? A qualitative study in Montreal, Canada. BMC Health Services Research. 2014;14(1):472. doi:10.1186/1472-6963-14-472.

Apelian N, Vergnes JN, Bedos C. Humanizing dentistry through a person-centred model. The International Journal of Whole Person Care. 2014; 1(2): 30-60.

Lacharpagne L, Lévesque M, Bedos C. Discrimination and access to dental care: how is the dental care profession concerned? Journal of the Canadian Dental Association. 2014 Aug;80:e52.

Dogba MJ, Rauch F, Tre G, Glorieux F, Bedos C. Shaping and Managing the Course of a Child’s Disease: Parental Experiences With Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Disability and Health Journal. 2014 July; 7(3):343-349.

Emami E, Wootton J, Galarneau C, Bedos C. Oral health and access to dental care: a qualitative exploration in rural Quebec. Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine. 2014 Spring;19(2):63-70.

Elani HW, Allison PJ, Kumar RA, Mancini L, Lambrou A, Bedos C. A Systematic Review of Stress in Dental Students. Journal of Dental Education. 2014 Feb; 78(2):226-42.

Bedos C, Loignon C, Landry A, Allison PJ, Richard L. How health professionals treat people on social assistance: A qualitative study among dentists in Montreal, Canada. BMC Health Services Research. 2013 Nov 5;13(1):464.

Elani HW, Allison PJ, Bedos C. Sources of Stress in Canadian Dental Students: A Prospective Mixed Methods Study. Journal of Dental Education. 2013 Nov;77(11):1488-97.

Dogba MJ, Bedos C, Durigova M, Montpetit K, Wong T, Glorieux F, Rauch, F. The Impact of Severe Osteogenesis Imperfecta on the Lives of Young Patients and Their Parents – a Qualitative Analysis. BMC Pediatrics. 2013 Sep 30;13(1):153.

Alansari R, Bedos C, Allison PJ. Living with Cleft Lip and Palate: The Treatment Journey. The Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Journal. 2013. doi:

Lévesque M, Hovey R, Bedos C. Advancing patient-centered care through transformative educational leadership: a critical review of health care professional preparation for patient-centered care. Journal of Healthcare Leadership. 2013 July: (5): 35-46.

Vergnes JN, Pastor-Harper D, Constantin D, Bedos C, Kaminski M, Nabet C, Sixou M. [Perceived oral health and use of dental services during pregnancy: the MaterniDent study]. Santé publique. 2013 Mai-Juin; 25(3) : 281-292.

Ferraz dos Santos B, Nicolau B, Muller K, Bedos C, Cilense Zuanon AC. Brazilian dental students' intentions and motivations towards their professional career. Journal of dental education. 2013; 77(3):337-344.

Muirhead V, Levine A, Nicolau B, Allison PJ, Bedos C. Life course experiences and lay diagnosis explain low-income parents' child dental decisions: a qualitative study. Community Dentistry & Oral Epidemiology. 2012 Aug 30.

Elani HW, Harper S, Allison PJ, Bedos C, Kaufman JS. Socio-economic Inequalities and Oral Health in Canada and the United States. Journal of Dental Research. 2012 Jul 26.

Loignon C, Landry A, Allison PJ, Brodeur J-M, Richard L, Bedos C. How do dentists perceive poverty and people on social assistance? A qualitative study conducted in Montreal, Canada. Journal of Dental Education. 2012 May;76(5):545-52.

Lévesque M, Bedos C. "Listening to each other": a project to improve relationships with underserved members of our society. Journal of the Canadian Dental Association. 2012;78:c20.

Lévesque M, Bedos C. Social values, regulatory tensions and professional practices with underprivileged populations: the case of Quebec’s oral healthcare system. Healthcare Policy. 2011; 7(1) 2011: 101-115.

Dong M, Levine A, Loignon C, + Bedos C. Chinese Immigrants’ Dental Care Pathways in Montreal, Canada. Journal of the Canadian Dental Association. 2011 Oct;77:b131.

Bedos C, Loignon C. Patient-centred approaches: new models for new challenges. Journal of the Canadian Dental Association. 2011;77:b88.

Lévesque M, Bedos C. Valeurs sociales, tensions régulatrices et pratiques professionnelles auprès de populations défavorisées. Application au système de santé bucco-dentaire du Québec. Pratiques et Organisation des Soins. 2011; 42(3) 2011: 195-204.

Da Rosa P, Nicolau B, Brodeur J-M, Benigeri M, Bedos C, Rousseau M-C. Associations between school deprivation indices and oral health status. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology. 2011; 39(3): 213-20.

Ellis J, Levine A, Bedos C, Mojon P, Rosberger Z; Feine J, Thomason M. Refusal of implant supported mandibular overdentures by elderly patients. Gerodontology. 2011 Mar;28(1):62-8.

Loignon C, Haggerty J, Fortin M, Bedos C, Barbeau D, Allen D. What makes primary care effective for people in poverty living with multiple chronic conditions? Study protocol. BMC Health Service Research; 2010;10:320.

Loignon C, Haggerty J, Fortin M, Bedos C, Allen D, Barbeau D. Physicians' social competence in the provision of care to persons living in poverty: research protocol. BMC Health Service Research; 2010; 10:79.

Loignon C, Landry A, Allison PJ, Brodeur J-M, Richard L, Bedos C. Providing socio-humanist care: dentists' experience in deprived areas. Journal of Dental Research. 2010; 89(9): 991-995.

Dahan H, + Bedos C. A Typology of Dental Students according to their Experience of Stress: a Qualitative Study. Journal of dental education. 2010; 74(2): 95-103.

Makansi N, Bedos C, Allison P. Creating a research network of general dental practitioners: lessons learnt from a pilot research network project. Journal of the Canadian dental association. 2010;76:a93.

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