Introduction and assessment of orthognathic information clinic
European Journal of Orthodontics
Background/Objectives: Orthognathic treatment is routine practice to rehabilitate severe malocclusions and dentofacial deformities. Because orthognathic treatment is elective, patient´s involvement in deciding whether to proceed with treatment is vital. Interaction and communication between patient and treating team plays a key role in achieving post-treatment satisfaction. To achieve satisfaction an orthognathic "information clinic" for prospective orthognathic patients was established at Oral
... and Maxillofacial Unit, Tampere University Hospital, Finland. "Information clinic" includes short talks with power-point presentation given by orthodontist, oral hygienist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, psychologist and previous patient. Aim of the study was to set up an "information clinic", and more specifically, 1) to assess patients' opinions on the "clinic" during pilot phase (2013)(2014) and 2) to analyze general statistics during the first three years (2013)(2014)(2015)(2016). Methods: During the pilot phase patient opinions, based on voluntary questionnaire, were obtained from 85 people. General data was collected for the clinics run in 2013-2016. Results: 72% of respondents reported the information provided to help in their decision making to proceed/not proceed with treatment. Majority considered the information about the surgical aspects and meeting patient who had undergone orthognathic treatment to be the most important part of the clinic. Between prospective orthognathic patients were invited to 29 "information clinics." 194 patients attended, of whom 137 were female and 57 male (age range 15-67 years). Conclusions: The questionnaire and verbal feedback from the patients was positive, hence the "information clinic" is now offered as a routine process to all prospective orthognathic patients in our clinic.