A retrospective audit of radiograph quality: completing the audit cycle

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The audit aimed to investigate improvement in the clinical and processing quality of periapical and bitewing radiographs taken within the service, when compared to the original audit. One-hundred and sixty-three radiographs taken during June 2004 were obtained from 11 clinics and 17 dentists. Each clinician returned a questionnaire. Three authors reviewed the radiographs, using set guidelines produced by Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (FGDP). Of the 163 radiographs taken, 120 (74%) scored 1, 33 (20%) scored 2 and 10 (6%) scored 3. Substantial improvement in quality of radiographs was observed with 94% of the films meeting the FGDP criteria as against 71% in the original audit. The improvement in quality may be due to dentists being more aware of quality issues

Keywords: AUDIT; DENTAL SERVICES; RADIOGRAPHS

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Publication date: September 1, 2005

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