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Br Dent J. 2005 Dec 10;199(11):727-9; discussion 723.

Teledentistry for screening new patient orthodontic referrals. Part 2: GDP perception of the referral system.

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Orthodontic Department, University Dental Hospital of Manchester, Higher Cambridge Street, M15 6FH.

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  • Br Dent J. 2006 Jan 28;200(2):69. Quereshi, U [corrected to Qureshi, U].



To evaluate GDP opinion about a teledentistry system to screen new patient orthodontic referrals.


Cross-sectional questionnaire.


Two hundred general dental practitioners (GDPs) were approached from Stockport, Rochdale, Oldham, Bury and Bolton in Greater Manchester, and High Peak in Derbyshire.


A questionnaire about a teledentistry system for new orthodontic patients was developed, following interviews with eight GDPs participating in a teledentistry trial. The questionnaire was posted to another 200 GDPs who were asked questions on issues such as the efficiency of a teledentistry system; the usefulness of a teledentistry system from the patients' point of view; their view of a teledentistry system; and any concerns they had relating to security, confidentiality and consent.


Seventy one per cent of GDPs thought teledentistry for orthodontic referrals would be a good idea. At least 90% of responders agreed or neither agreed nor disagreed that patients would benefit from such a system. Over half of GDPs agreed or strongly agreed that there would be implications on their surgery time, expense and equipment security.


GDPs generally supported a teledentistry system for new patient orthodontic referrals. Although perceived patient advantages were agreed, GDPs tended to be less sure about the impact on them in terms of set-up expenses, time in the surgery and appropriate remuneration.

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