Dental auxiliaries instead of dentists: effects are uncertain

Added June 23, 2020

Citation: Dyer TA, Brocklehurst P, Glenny AM, et al. Dental auxiliaries for dental care traditionally provided by dentists. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2014;(8):CD010076.

What is this? The COVID-19 pandemic is placing a strain on healthcare services. Existing research on delegating oral health care to dental auxiliaries may provide useful information for policy makers.

In this Cochrane review, the authors searched for comparative effectiveness studies of the impact of dental auxiliaries in providing care traditionally provided by dentists. They did not restrict their search by language or date of publication and did the search in November 2013. They included three randomized trials, one cluster randomized trial and one non-randomized study; from Canada (1 study), Gambia (1), Singapore (1) and the USA (2). The studies were rated as low quality and high risk of bias by the reviewers. 

What was found: The relative effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and safety of using dental auxiliaries instead of dentists are uncertain.


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