Recall, reassessment and monitoring

Clarkson, J. E., Amaechi, B. T., Ngo, H. C. and Bonetti, D. (2009) Recall, reassessment and monitoring. Monographs in Oral Science, 21 188-198. doi:10.1159/000224223

Author Clarkson, J. E.
Amaechi, B. T.
Ngo, H. C.
Bonetti, D.
Title Recall, reassessment and monitoring
Journal name Monographs in Oral Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0077-0892
Publication date 2009-06-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1159/000224223
Volume 21
Start page 188
End page 198
Total pages 11
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publisher S. Karger
Language eng
Abstract A recall system is a continuing care regime which provides opportunities to reassess and monitor the oral health of patients and to inform future treatment planning. There is some evidence that recall visits have a positive impact on the natural and functional dentition. Unfortunately, there is a general paucity of reliable evidence about the timing of recall visits despite the widely adopted 6-month interval. In response to political, professional and patient uncertainty, the UK National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) convened a guideline development group to consider both best evidence and best practice in this field. The NICE issued a guidance document in 2004 recommending that the individual risk status should determine the patient’s recall interval. The recommendations cover risk factors such as caries incidence and restorations; periodontal health and tooth loss, patients’ well-being, general health and preventive habits, pain and anxiety. Methods and tools to facilitate and standardize the collection of risk information are currently being developed and/or collated by the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme. The selection of a recall interval is a multifaceted and complex decision involving the judgement of both clinician and patient. More research is needed into the rate of progression of oral diseases and the impact of recall on oral health and quality of life. Nevertheless, the NICE guidance is based on the best available evidence, and it should be used to determine personalized variable time intervals to assess, reassess and monitor the oral health and caries status of patients.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Special section: Detection, Assessment, Diagnosis and Monitoring of Caries

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