A survey of consultants and specialists in restorative dentistry on their use of health-related quality of life questionnaires

Pace-Balzan, A., Butterworth, C., Dawson, L., Lowe, D. and Rogers, S. (2007) A survey of consultants and specialists in restorative dentistry on their use of health-related quality of life questionnaires. The European journal of prosthodontics and restorative dentistry, 15 (3). pp. 122-126. ISSN 0965-7452

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Abstract

A national survey of 178 consultants and specialists in restorative dentistry was undertaken to assess their use of health-related quality of life questionnaires in patients having oral rehabilitation following treatment for oral cancer. The response rate was 74% (132). 42% treated patients following oral cancer, 25% forming part of the head and neck multidisciplinary team. Only 19% had ever used questionnaires. Main barriers to their use were lack of experience with evaluation (27%), lack of staff to administer questionnaires (21%) and insufficient time (18%). Few clinicians thought that questionnaires were not clinically relevant or that no suitable instrument existed. In order to facilitate the use of an oral rehabilitation-specific questionnaire in clinical practice there needs to be greater awareness of the potential benefits, training in the process and the means of reducing the administrative burden.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Divisions: Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2010 14:26
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/1074

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