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Vol. 35, No. 5, 2001
Issue release date: September–October 2001
Section title: Original Paper
Caries Res 2001;35:360–365
(DOI:10.1159/000047475)

Caries Data Collected from Public Health Records Compared with Data Based on Examinations by Trained Examiners

Hausen H. · Kärkkäinen S. · Seppä L.
Institute of Dentistry, University of Oulu, Finland

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Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: 10/12/2001

Number of Print Pages: 6
Number of Figures: 3
Number of Tables: 2

ISSN: 0008-6568 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-976X (Online)

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Abstract

Collecting data for dental caries studies is costly. In countries where uniform patient records are available for virtually the whole population, it is tempting to use them as a data source. Our aim was to compare data collected from patient records to those obtained by trained examiners. In 1992 and 1995, dentists who were specially trained and calibrated examined random samples of 12– and 15–year–olds living in two towns in Finland. The dental record of each child was obtained from public dental clinics, the dental status was entered into a computer file, and the DMFS value was calculated. Data were available for 824 children. In the two data sets, 1.3% of the tooth surfaces were recorded differently (DMF vs. sound) with the related ĸ value being 0.70. In two thirds of the discrepancies, the reason was that a filling was marked in only one of them, which confirms the known difficulty in discerning a white filling. For 48% of the subjects, the DMFS values calculated from the two sets of data were equal. The difference was 1 and 2 surfaces for 28 and 11%, respectively. Public health dentists had almost equally often registered more and less DMF surfaces compared to trained examiners. The results suggest that data collected from public health records are not decisively inferior to those obtained from examinations by trained examiners. In large enough settings, data obtained from patient records could possibly be used as a replacement for separate surveys.


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: 10/12/2001

Number of Print Pages: 6
Number of Figures: 3
Number of Tables: 2

ISSN: 0008-6568 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-976X (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/CRE


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