Structured clinical decision analysis in dentistry in fixed prosthodontics, as in any branch of dentistry, allows the practitioner to think through more clearly the problems at hand based on the clinical data and extenuating factors presented by the patient. This discipline of decision making is intended to complement the experience level and educational background of the clinician in assisting him or her through the decision process. Additionally, CDA helps the clinician define not only the pre-existing condition of the patient prior to irreversible therapy, but also which treatment strategies may best be suited for that individual over an extended period. The systematic nature of decision analysis stimulates the focusing of one's attention on those factors considered to be germane to the overall complexity of the case and, at the same time, excluding those factors having little or no influence on its final outcome. With further implementation of computerized databases and procedural outcome probabilities based on clinical and laboratory studies as well as the clinical experience of those choosing to use it, the future for structured, formalized clinical decision analysis seems quite promising.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Dental clinics of North America|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 1 1992|
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