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Treatment Outcome Assessment by Orthodontists: Attitude and Practice
Seyed Mohammadreza Safavi *1, Ladan Eslamian2, Soodeh Tahmasbi3, Arezoo Mahdian4, Saeed Reza Motamedian5
1- Professor, Dental Research Center, Research Institute of Dental Sciences, School of Dentistry, Shahid Beheshti University of Medi-cal Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2- Professor, Dentofacial Deformities Research Center, Research Institute of Dental Sciences, School of Dentistry, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3- Associate Professor, Department of Orthodontics, School of Dentistry, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4- Postgraduate Student, Department of Orthodontics, School of Dentistry, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
5- Assistant Professor, Department of Orthodontics, School of Dentistry, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Abstract:   (1279 Views)
Background and Aim: Evaluation of the treatment outcome is an important stage in every healthcare system, including orthodontics. This study aimed to assess the atti-tude and practice regarding treatment outcome assessment (TOA) among Iranian orthodontists.
Materials and Methods: In this cross-sectional survey, a questionnaire was developed, which consisted of demographic, attitude, and practice sections. Content validity was evaluated using content validity index (CVI), and reliability of the answers was evaluated using test-retest method and Kappa statistics. The online ques-tionnaire was sent to a Telegram group including 315 Iranian orthodontists and ortho-dontic residents. Only graduated orthodontists with more than two years of experience were included.
Results: The average CVI was 0.95, and Kappa value was greater than 0.6. Totally, 66 orthodontists participated in the survey. Almost all orthodontists acknowledged the importance and positive effects of TOA. Seventy seven percent and 87.9% of the par-ticipants stated that treatment duration and stability, respectively, should be consid-ered while evaluating treatment outcome. The most important disadvantage of TOA was its time-consuming nature (56.1%). The best criterion for the evaluation of treatment outcome was “treatment objectives” (89.4%). Photographs (84.8%) were the most common post-treatment document followed by panoramic ra-diographs (72.7%). Also, 23% and 65.2% of the participants “always” or “usually” performed TOA, respectively. TOA was mostly performed subjectively (84.8%) and during the debonding session (48.5%).
Conclusion: The results indicated that almost all orthodontists participating in this survey were aware of the importance of assessment of treatment outcome. Most of them usually performed such an assessment using subjective methods.
Keywords: Orthodontics, Outcome Assessment, Surveys and Questionnaires, Treatment Outcome
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Type of Study: Orginal | Subject: Orthodontics
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Safavi S M, Eslamian L, Tahmasbi S, Mahdian A, Motamedian S R. Treatment Outcome Assessment by Orthodontists: Attitude and Practice. J Islam Dent Assoc Iran. 2019; 31 (2) :117-125
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