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Gibson G, Jurasic MM, Wehler CJ
Longitudinal outcomes of using a fluoride performance measure for adults at high risk of experiencing caries.
In this paper, the authors hypothesized that after the implementation of a performance measure regarding appropriate fluoride use, veterans at high risk of experiencing caries would require fewer new dental restorations than in the past. They found that, after use of the performance measure for four years, there were 8.6 percent fewer patients needing two or more restorations, a 10.8 percent decrease in the mean number of restorations, and a modest 3.4 percent fewer patients at high risk of experiencing caries who required new restorations after the initial 12-month period.
Citation: Gibson G, Jurasic MM, Wehler CJ . Longitudinal outcomes of using a fluoride performance measure for adults at high risk of experiencing caries. J Am Dent Assoc 2014 May;145(5):443-51. doi: 10.14219/jada.2013.53.
Keywords: Dental and Oral Health, Healthcare Delivery, Provider Performance, Quality Indicators (QIs), Quality Measures