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

A. Pace-Balzan, C. Butterworth, L. Dawson, D. Lowe, S. Rogers

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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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)122-126
    JournalThe European journal of prosthodontics and restorative dentistry
    Volume15
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2007

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