The utilization of case difficulty assessment when determining endodontic referral Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Curry, Marcus C.
    • Affiliation: School of Dentistry, Department of Endodontics
  • The purpose of this study was to address the effectiveness of the American Association of Endodontists Case Difficulty Assessment Form (AAECDAF) to determine whether a dentist would treat or refer an endodontic case. Specifically, our aims were to a. determine if practicing dentists utilized the AAECDAF to rate the difficulty of each case, and b. determine the practicing dentists' perceived importance of the conditions present on the AAECDAF. 1,434 dentists practicing in the USA completed a confidential, self-administered electronic survey via a secure website. 9.5% of respondents utilized the AAECDAF when determining the difficulty of an endodontic case. 30.5% of the conditions present on the AAECDAF were deemed to be mostly to critically important to practicing dentists when making a determination to treat or refer an endodontic case. However, those deemed to be critically important were previous endodontic access with complications, difficult diagnosis, resorption, and canals not visible on radiograph
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree Master of Science in the Department of Endodontics, School of Dentistry."
  • Rivera, Eric M.
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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