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The case report in 21st century child dental literature.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18844444     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: To review recent dental child case reports to determine: 1 the main focus of the paper; 2 perceived contribution to the dental literature and, 3 involvement of the child.
STUDY DESIGN: Systematic review.
METHODS: Case reports published between 2000 and 2005 were identified using Medline via Ovid and Embase databases. Papers were reviewed to determine: their perceived value; whether they related to a single case or case series; the main dental condition; how the child was referred to, and inclusion of any child-centred input within the report.
RESULTS AND STATISTICS: 663 case reports, from 82 journal titles, were subject to review. The majority presented a single patient (82%) and discussed a type of intervention or treatment (58%). The most common themes related to oral pathology/medicine (28%), and orthodontics (26%). Most children were referred to as 'patients' (74%) with little use of personalised terms (4%). Few reports included any child-centred input or contribution from a proxy (10% and 2% respectively). Inter- and intra-examiner repeatability for categorisation was excellent.
CONCLUSIONS: The majority of child-related reports described a treatment or intervention which is surprising given the low level of case reports in the hierarchy of evidence. The child's perspective in the presenting complaint or outcome needs greater consideration.
A G Morgan; J Owens; Z Marshman; H D Rodd
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of paediatric dentistry : official journal of European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry     Volume:  9     ISSN:  1591-996X     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Paediatr Dent     Publication Date:  2008 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-10-10     Completed Date:  2008-11-18     Revised Date:  2013-11-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101121881     Medline TA:  Eur J Paediatr Dent     Country:  Italy    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  145-8     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
Department of Oral Health and Development, School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Dental Care for Children*
Dental Records*
Mouth Diseases / therapy
Orthodontics, Corrective
Patient Participation

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