Allison, J.R., Currie, C., Trainor, J., Corson, M., and Durham, J.
Oral Surgery. August 2019, Vol. 12 Issue 3, p224, 6 p.
Postal service, Medical research, Medicine, Experimental, Patient satisfaction, and Patient education
Byline: J.R. Allison, C. Currie, J. Trainor, M. Corson, J. Durham Keywords: mail; management; occlusal splint; post; soft splint; Temporomandibular disorders Abstract Aim Occlusal splints are an effective intervention for temporomandibular disorders, and are often used in tooth wear, for protection of extensive adhesive restorations, and as a means of applying medications to gingival conditions. Patients may be required to attend a second appointment to fit the device after impressions are taken, however, some units may send the device in the post once constructed. These appliances rarely require modification to fit and are not occlusally adjusted. The aim of the present study was to assess patients' satisfaction with a postal system for soft splints. Methods 100 consecutive patients who had been issued with a soft occlusal splint by post immediately prior to August 2015 were sent a questionnaire assessing their satisfaction with receiving the splint in this manner. Results The response rate was 42%. 93% of respondents reported that their splint fitted correctly and 98% reported that they had used it, with the mean length of wear being 8.7 weeks (SD: 5.7). 81% of patients reported that the splint helped 'a lot' or 'a little'. 83% of patients reported being 'very happy' or 'happy', and 15% were 'not bothered' about not seeing a clinician. Conclusions Our results would suggest that patients are generally pleased with receiving a splint in the post. This system may allow reduced demand on services and may reduce out of pocket and time costs incurred to patients. The low response rate however may affect generalisability. CAPTION(S): Data S1. Patient instruction leaflet. Data S2. Patient Satisfaction Questionaire.
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