The impact of temporomandibular disorders on oral health-related quality of life

Depression

This critical summary of a systematic review published in 2010  was  prepared under the auspices of the American Dental Association Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry.

The original review authors were looking at the relationship between oral health-related quality of life (OHQOL) and temporomandibular disorders (TMDs).

The critical summary noted that the review question could have been more clearly defined and more methodological details could have been provided in several areas.  Because of variability between the studies a numerical estimate of the impact of TMDs on OHQOL was not conducted so a narrative summary was provided.

While the original review authors noted that TMDs had a negative impact on OHQOL the summariser notes that the quality of evidence supporting this is difficult assess owing to methodological weakness in the review.

Go to ADA critical summary

Go to abstract of original review

 

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Derek Richards is the Director of the Centre for Evidence-based Dentistry, Editor of the Evidence-based Dentistry Journal, Consultant in Dental Public Health with Forth Valley Health Board and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Dundee & Glasgow Dental Schools. He helped to establish both the Centre for Evidence-based Dentistry and the Evidence-based Dentistry Journal. He has been involved with teaching EBD and a wide range of evidence-based initiatives both nationally and internationally since 1994.

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