Perceptions of orthodontic treatment need: receiver operating characteristic analysis

David Bearn, Jean Wright, Elizabeth Kay, Kevin O'Brien

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    This study aimed to investigate the variations in dentists' perception of need for orthodontic treatment. Sixteen dentists viewed forty clinical vignettes and recorded their decisions according to the certainty with which they would offer treatment for each case. Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) analysis was performed on this data, using the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN) as the 'gold standard'. The data suggest that dentists treatment decisions do not concur with current guidelines in use in the UK.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)303-306
    Number of pages4
    JournalCommunity Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 1996


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