Selecting appropriate recall intervals for patients in general dental practice—an audit project to categorize patients according to risk

Clive Gibson, Alif Moosajee
Dental Update 2008, 35 (3): 188-90, 193-4

UNLABELLED: In 2004, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) was asked to prepare guidance for the NHS in England and Wales on the clinical need and cost-effectiveness of a dental recall examination for all patients at an interval based upon their risk from oral disease. (Dental Recall: recall interval between routine dental examinations). Unlike other NICE guidelines, this potentially applies to the whole population. The Department of Health wishes to reduce the number of'routine' six-monthly check-ups. Best practice now recommends that all patients undertake an oral health assessment prior to categorizing them into a recall programme. The article describes how an audit project was undertaken to establish compliance within General Dental Practice to the guidelines.

CLINICAL RELEVANCE: Dentists and patients now have the opportunity to discuss appropriate recall intervals together and prescribe reviews at time periods appropriate to each patient's disease process and risk.


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