Patient experience of post-extraction pain management Journal Article uri icon
  • Introduction: Few studies have assessed the impact of clinical decision support, with or without patient education, on patient reported outcomes in dentistry. This cross-sectional survey was conducted to understand patients’ experience with shared decision-making and pain management associated with a tooth extraction.
    Methods: We administered a phone survey to 981 adult patients within a week of having a tooth extraction. The tooth extraction was performed at a large regional dental practice by a dentist participating in a randomized controlled trial of a clinical decision support system to reduce reliance on opioids for tooth extraction-related pain management. The survey compared respondents’ answers by study arm: standard practice (SP) or clinical decision support with (CDS-E) or without patient education (CDS).
    Results: Of respondents (n = 492, response rate: 52%), 91% reported that their dental provider talked about what to expect for pain in the days following the extraction, 92% stated that their dental provider talked about how to treat postextraction pain, and 74% expressed they were confident in their ability to manage post-extraction pain, at the end of the extraction visit. We found no statistically significant differences in patient responses across study arms for average pain in the 3 days following the extraction (p = 0.65, CDS vs. SP; p = 0.41, CDS-E vs. SP) or in shared decision-making (p = 0.38, CDS vs. SP; p = 0.70, CDS-E vs. SP).
    Conclusion: Most patients reported adequate pain management and shared decision-making about pain management related to their tooth extraction. Further research will assess differences in analgesic recommendations across study arms.

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    publication date
  • 2022
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  • Front Dent Med  Journal
  • Research
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Decision Making
  • Dental Care
  • Drugs and Drug Therapy
  • Health Education
  • Pain
  • Patient Satisfaction
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