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The cost-effectiveness of supportive periodontal care for patients with chronic periodontitis

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Mark Pennington, Professor Chris VernazzaORCiD, Dr Nick Steen, Professor Peter Heasman



Objective: To systematically evaluate the evidence for effectiveness of supportive periodontal care (SPC) provided in specialist care and general practice for patients with chronic periodontitis; to construct a model for the cost effectiveness of SPC. Search Strategy: Electronic database searches of MEDLINE, EMBASE and SCOPUS were performed with hand searching of relevant journals and Workshops of Periodontology. Selection Criteria: SPC for patients with chronic periodontitis, at least 12 months follow-up and clinical attachment level as a primary outcome. Results: Three articles addressed the question (Nyman et al. 1975, Axelsson & Lindhe 1981, Cortellini et al. 1994): Δs CAL for patients undergoing "specialist" SPC were 0.1 mm (2 years), 0.2 mm (6 years) and -0.01 mm (3 years) respectively. In generalist care the Δs CAL during SPC were -2.2, -1.8 and -2.8 mm. Differences between specialist and generalist SPC were an extra 20.59 tooth years and 3.95 mm attachment loss for generalist SPC. Incremental cost-effectiveness ratios were an extra €288 for one tooth year or an extra €1503/1 mm reduction in loss of attachment for SPC delivered in specialist care. Conclusion: SPC delivered in specialist as compared with general practice will result in greater stability of clinical attachment but this will be achieved at relatively greater cost. © 2008 The Authors.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Gaunt F, Devine M, Pennington M, Vernazza C, Gwynnett E, Steen N, Heasman P

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Journal of Clinical Periodontology: 6th European Workshop on Periodontology Contemporary Periodontics

Year of Conference: 2008

Pages: 67-82

ISSN: 0303-6979

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Munksgaard


DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-051X.2008.01261.x

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ISBN: 1600051X