The co-investigators are Dr. Fatemeh Afshari, Clinical Assistant Professor, and Dr. Cortino Sukotjo and Dr. Judy Yuan, Assistant Professors, Restorative Dentistry.
Few studies have assessed the outcomes of treatments provided within predoctoral dental and postgraduate prosthodontic programs, nor have they been correlated to the diagnostic complexity of the patients. The purpose of this research will be to determine patient diagnoses and correlate them to outcomes of implant therapy within a clinical setting, including assessment of patient expectations and satisfaction.
A pilot diagnosis and therapy-tracking database for implant patients has been developed and implemented within the Department of Restorative Dentistry, and has been successfully used on a trial basis for evaluating outcomes of implant-retained removable partial dentures, fixed complete dentures, and implant-retained overdentures.
“However, this research methodology can be adapted and improved from a paper format to a dynamic web-based database,” Dr. Afshari explained. “To this end, in the proposed study, treatment outcomes will be prospectively documented via a secure web application—
“As such, it will potentially have use in venues other than UIC, thereby fostering broad clinical research collaboration and large patient population outcomes research to improve patient treatment and maintenance,”
“By systematically analyzing a broad array of diagnostic factors via the prosthodontic diagnostic index and learning their associations with treatment outcomes, current and future methods for patient therapy are expected to be refined,” Dr. Afshari said. “Most importantly, a more comprehensive assessment of patient perspectives will further focus therapy approaches towards patient benefits from functional, psychological, and economic perspectives.
“Collaboration with additional institutions will more readily occur because the web-based database approach will provide a systematic, user-friendly platform for data collection,”
The researchers thanked the Wach Research Grant Program Committee, chaired by Dr. Guy Adami, Associate Professor, Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, for not only seeing merit in the proposal, but for giving the researchers opportunities to revise and improve it.
They noted that the project has received support from Restorative Dentistry Department Head Dr. Stephen Campbell and Postgraduate Program Directors Dr. Kent Knoernschild and Dr. Rand Harlow. Departmental Hygienist Mayra Suh and Clinical Director Stephanie Clarke also will work on the project.
The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry website is dentistry.uic.edu.