West China Journal of Stomatology ›› 2023, Vol. 41 ›› Issue (3): 315-322.doi: 10.7518/hxkq.2023.2021565

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Audit to assess the quality of 916 prosthetic prescriptions of removable partial dentures

Zhang Na1(), Mao Bochun2, Dai Yunhan1, Chen Shengkai1, You Ziying1, Zhang Junjing1, Chen Xin1, Dong Haoyue1, Yue Li1, Yu Haiyang1()   

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Oral Diseases & National Clinical Research Center for Oral Diseases & West China Hospital of Stomatology, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041, China
    2.Dept. of Orthodontics, Peking University School and Hospital of Stomatology & National Engineering Laboratory for Digital and Material Technology of Stomatology & Beijing Key Laboratory of Digital Stomatology, Beijing 100081, China
  • Received:2021-09-04 Revised:2022-04-06 Online:2023-06-01 Published:2023-06-02
  • Contact: Yu Haiyang E-mail:786517813@qq.com;yhyang6812@scu.edu.cn
  • Supported by:
    Technological Innovation Research and Development Project of Chengdu Science and Technology Bureau(2019-YF05-01086-SN)


Objective The objectives of this study were to assess the quality of prosthetic prescriptions of removable partial dentures (RPDs) and to analyze the current situation of the communication and information delivery between clinicians and technicians. Methods All RPD prosthetic prescriptions received by a major dental laboratory in 4 weeks were involved in a quality audit, and the prescriptions were divided into three groups in accordance with the grades of clients. The filling of prosthetic prescriptions was recorded. The items in the prescriptions for audit included the general information of the patient, the general information of the clinician, the design diagram information, other detailed information, and the return date. The prescriptions were categorized into four levels on the basis of their quality by two quality inspectors who have been working for more than 10 years. Results A total of 916 prescriptions were collected and assessed. The names in the general information of the patient and the clinician were filled out best, both at the rate of 97.6% (n=894). The return date was filled out worst, only at the rate of 6.4% (n=59). Of those prescriptions, 86.8% (n=795) exhibited inadequate design diagram information. The results of the quality assessment demonstrated that 74.2% of prescriptions were assessed as noncompliant ones and failed to meet the acceptable clinical quality standard. Conclusion At present, the overall quality of RPD prosthetic prescriptions is poor. The responsibilities of clinicians and technicians are unclear, and the communication between them is not ideal.

Key words: removable partial dentures, prosthetic prescription, communication, dental laboratory

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