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  1. Referral patterns, lesion prevalence, and patient care parameters in a clinical oral pathology practice.

    Article - En anglais

    Objective

    The purpose of this study was to determine the following parameters in a referral-based private practice oral and maxillofacial pathology clinic :

    • (1) sources of clinical referrals ;

    • (2) types of problems referred ;

    • and (3) clinical effectiveness of treatment.

    Study design

    Clinical charts were reviewed for a cohort of 362 patients seen over a 21/2-year period (1993-1995).

    From these charts, we determined the source of referral and the final diagnosis for each patient.

    In addition, 50 patients were randomly selected and surveyed by telephone ; each was asked a series of questions to determine the following :

    • In addition, 50 patients were randomly selected and surveyed by telephone ;

    • (1) the number of health care practitioners previously seen with regard to the patient's condition ;

    • (2) the length of time that the condition had been present before the patient came to the oral and maxillofacial pathology clinic ;

    • (3) the costs associated with medications and office visits that had been incurred before the patient came to the oral and maxillofacial pathology clinic ;

    • (4) the costs associated with medications and office visits that were incurred at the oral and maxillofacial pathology clinic ;

    • and (5) the patient's level of satisfaction with the oral and maxillofacial pathology clinic.

    Results

    Fifty-five percent of the referrals came from dentists, and 45% came from physicians.

    The 3 problems most commonly seen were candidiasis (12%), burning mouth syndrome (10%), and lichen planus (8%). (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Stomatologie, ORL pathologie, Type, Lésion, Efficacité, Traitement, Secteur privé, Prévalence, Coût, Enquête, Economie, Homme, Etude cohorte

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Stomatology, ENT disease, Type, Lesion, Efficiency, Treatment, Private sector, Prevalence, Costs, Survey, Economy, Human, Cohort study

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 99-0289683

    Code Inist : 002B10C02. Création : 16/11/1999.