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The Utility and Feasibility of Routine Use of a Patient-Reported Outcome Measure in Paediatric Dentistry

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Department of Paediatric Dentistry, Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, Sheffield S10 2SZ, UK
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School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK
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Oral 2021, 1(4), 290-299; https://doi.org/10.3390/oral1040028
Received: 26 July 2021 / Revised: 13 September 2021 / Accepted: 24 September 2021 / Published: 1 October 2021
Within healthcare services, there is increasing emphasis to incorporate patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs), rather than relying solely on clinical outcomes. A 12-item caries-specific measure (CARIES-QC) has been developed and validated for children aged 5–16 years. To date, the routine use of PROMs in paediatric dentistry new patient clinics (NPC) has not been reported. The aim was to conduct a pilot study to assess the feasibility, utility and validity of routine use of a PROM in paediatric dentistry NPC in a UK teaching hospital. Children attending NPC over a four-week period were asked to complete CARIES-QC with an additional free-text box. Interviews were held with members of staff to assess the feasibility of using a PROM routinely. CARIES-QC was completed by 99 children. Almost half of the participants had caries (n = 49, 49.5%). CARIES-QC demonstrated good internal consistency (Cronbach’s alpha = 0.9) and reliability with the global question (r = 0.75, p = 0.01). Clinical staff valued the information provided by the PROM. An electronic delivery method would be beneficial to both clinical and administrative staff. CARIES-QC was able to capture impacts for children with a range of oral conditions. Its use aided treatment planning and future studies should investigate the use of an electronic delivery system to reduce the administrative burden. View Full-Text
Keywords: oral health impacts; paediatric dentistry; patient-reported outcome measures oral health impacts; paediatric dentistry; patient-reported outcome measures
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Graham, A.; Knapp, R.; Rodd, H.D.; Marshman, Z.; Zaitoun, H.; Gilchrist, F. The Utility and Feasibility of Routine Use of a Patient-Reported Outcome Measure in Paediatric Dentistry. Oral 2021, 1, 290-299. https://doi.org/10.3390/oral1040028

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Graham A, Knapp R, Rodd HD, Marshman Z, Zaitoun H, Gilchrist F. The Utility and Feasibility of Routine Use of a Patient-Reported Outcome Measure in Paediatric Dentistry. Oral. 2021; 1(4):290-299. https://doi.org/10.3390/oral1040028

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Graham, Anna, Rebecca Knapp, Helen D. Rodd, Zoe Marshman, Halla Zaitoun, and Fiona Gilchrist. 2021. "The Utility and Feasibility of Routine Use of a Patient-Reported Outcome Measure in Paediatric Dentistry" Oral 1, no. 4: 290-299. https://doi.org/10.3390/oral1040028

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