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Understanding our patient base: An introduction to data analytics in dental practice

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Shirley ColemanORCiD, Dr Shiv Pabary



Copyright © 2018 George Warman Publications. All rights reserved. Dental practices are continually collecting patient data but it is often an underutilized resource. There is a growing trend towards use of data analytics within companies to guide business decisions. For dental practices which use digital systems, a large reserve of patient information is readily available. Simple data analytic techniques are presented which can be used to extract substantial insight into patient demographics, DNA (did not attend) rates and many other areas of practical relevance to clinical service delivery and business management. CPD/Clinical Relevance: Data analytics is well established in many industries and has the potential for encouraging colleagues to look at their data and understand their patient base and changes over time; practice owners can gain insight into patient demographics to guide business decisions and improve patient care.

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Author(s): Pritchett R, Coleman S, Campbell J, Pabary S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Dental Update

Year: 2018

Volume: 45

Issue: 3

Pages: 236-246

Print publication date: 01/03/2018

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

Date deposited: 24/04/2018

ISSN (print): 0305-5000

Publisher: George Warman Publications