Inadequate record keeping by dental practitioners

Brown, L. F. (2015) Inadequate record keeping by dental practitioners. Australian Dental Journal, 60 4: 497-502. doi:10.1111/adj.12258

Author Brown, L. F.
Title Inadequate record keeping by dental practitioners
Journal name Australian Dental Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0045-0421
Publication date 2015-12-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/adj.12258
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 60
Issue 4
Start page 497
End page 502
Total pages 6
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
When a dental practitioner is brought before a disciplinary body, a common finding is that the dental records were poorly kept and inadequate to establish issues of consent for treatment or the nature of the treatment undertaken. Often, this finding may be incidental to the actual issue that brought the practitioner before a regulatory body or the Courts. This paper examined recent cases reported in the State of Victoria that have involved dental practitioners, specifically seeking those cases where the record keeping was found to be inadequate. It looked at the rulings of these cases with regards to orders made in respect to record keeping. Complaints and notifications specific to dental record keeping accounted for less than 2 per cent of formal complaints. And yet, up to 75 per cent of recent cases have made a finding of unprofessional conduct against a dental practitioner on the basis of inadequate record keeping, most often in combination with other breaches of conduct. Adherence to the traditional format of hand writing or typing entries into patient records may be part of the problem. Newer technologies such as digital intraoral and extraoral photography and audio-recording of patient interactions may offer a solution to the problems of record keeping.
Keyword Complaints
Dental records
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2016 Collection
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