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Article: Volume 31 Number 3 Page 146 - April 2004

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  Dent Update 2004; 31: 146-153

Orthodontics:  Evaluating the Cost-Effectiveness of Orthodontic Provision

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Abstract: The assessment of orthodontic provision is important to determine if treatment was necessary and undertaken appropriately.The ICON objectively quantifies orthodontic treatment need,complexity and outcome and is a valuable occlusal index in the assessment effectiveness of orthodontic care.It is possible to develop cost-effectiveness models by analysing the costs and effectiveness of orthodontic treatment.Several methods are illustrated to compare the orthodontic provision of specialist orthodontists.

Clinical relevance: A method is described that will be useful for orthodontic clinicians not only to determine their clinical effectiveness but also cost-effectiveness.

Author notes: S.Richmond ,BDS,MScD,PhD,FDS RCS(Edin.),FDS RCS(Eng.),DOrth,C.J.Phillips , BSc(Econ.),MSc(Econ.),PhD,F.Dunstan ,MA, MSc,DPhil,CStat,C.Daniels ,BDS,FDS RCS(Eng.),MScD,PhD,P.Durning ,BDS,MDS, FDS RCS(Edin.),DOrth,MBA and F.Leahy , BDS,MScD,Department of Dental Health and Biological Sciences,Dental School,Heath Park, Cardiff,CF14 4XY.

Objective: To explain cost-effectiveness of orthodontic care.