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The implementation of a decision-tree did not increase decision-making in patients with temporomandibular disorders in the public dental health service
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology, School of Dentistry.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8346-5289
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology, School of Dentistry.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2920-6654
2019 (English)In: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-6357, E-ISSN 1502-3850, Vol. 77, no 5, p. 394-399Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: Many patients with temporomandibular disorders (TMD) seem to go undetected within primary dental health care. Primarily we evaluated if the implemented intervention increased the clinical decision-making for TMD patients; secondarily we evaluated if other factors could be identified that predicted performed or recommended TMD treatment.

Material and Methods: This case–control study was carried out within the Public Dental Health service in Västerbotten County, Sweden. An intervention based on a decision-tree with three screening questions for TMD (3Q/TMD) was implemented during 2015 in four clinics and compared with the remaining county. A total of 400 individuals were selected—200 3Q-positives and 200 3Q-negatives. The 3Q/TMD consists of Q1—frequent jaw pain, Q2—frequent pain on function, and Q3—frequent catching and/or locking of jaw. The 3Q/TMD answers were analyzed in relation to TMD treatment and any TMD related decision that was collected from the digital dental records.

Results: The intervention did not increase the frequencies of traceable clinical decisions among patients with TMD.

Conclusions: Despite the implemented intervention aimed, the indicated undertreatment of patients with TMD remains. Future studies are still needed to gain a deeper understanding of the clinical decision-making process for TMD patients in general practice dentistry.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2019. Vol. 77, no 5, p. 394-399
Keywords [en]
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD), orofacial pain, health plan implementation, clinical decision-making, screening
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Dentistry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-156833DOI: 10.1080/00016357.2019.1577989ISI: 000467387400010PubMedID: 30806118Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85062365343OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-156833DiVA, id: diva2:1292612
Available from: 2019-02-28 Created: 2019-02-28 Last updated: 2019-06-13Bibliographically approved

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