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A PCT-wide collaborative clinical audit selecting recall intervals for patients according to risk

Cannell, PJ (2011) 'A PCT-wide collaborative clinical audit selecting recall intervals for patients according to risk.' British Dental Journal, 210 (6). E8-E8. ISSN 0007-0610

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Abstract

Aims and objectives This audit was carried out to assess the level to which recall intervals were individually and appropriately selected for patients attending dental practices across a primary care trust (PCT) area in Essex. Method A retrospective audit was carried out by reference to patient records to assess various criteria, including whether patients were categorised according to risk of oral disease, whether an appropriate recall had been selected and whether a discussion regarding a recall interval had been undertaken. An educational event highlighting the issue of recall intervals was held. Subsequent to this a prospective audit was undertaken to assess relevant criteria. Results Prospective audit data showed a marked increase in the use of patient risk assessments for caries, periodontal disease, oral cancer and non-carious tooth surface loss (NCTSL). Recall intervals were also more often selected based on a patient's risk status and discussed with the patient compared to that observed in the retrospective audit data. Conclusion This audit was successful as a tool to bring about change in the behaviour of dentists regarding their determination of appropriate recall intervals for patients. Whether that change in behaviour is long-term or transient requires further investigation. © 2011 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans; Mouth Neoplasms; Periodontal Diseases; Disease Susceptibility; Dental Records; Risk Assessment; Retrospective Studies; Prospective Studies; Dental Care; Attitude of Health Personnel; Attitude to Health; Communication; Health Behavior; Dentist-Patient Relations; General Practice, Dental; Dental Caries Susceptibility; Time Factors; Needs Assessment; State Dentistry; Appointments and Schedules; Primary Health Care; Dental Audit; Quality Assurance, Health Care; England; Tooth Wear
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2012 15:00
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:20
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/2079

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