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Quintessence Publishing: Journals: OFPH
Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache

Edited by Barry J. Sessle, BDS, MDS, BSc, PhD, FRSC

Official Journal of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain,
the European, Asian, and Ibero-Latin Academies of Craniomandibular
Disorders, and the Australian Academy of Orofacial Pain

ISSN 2333-0384 (print) • ISSN 2333-0376 (online)

Publication:
Summer 1997
Volume 11 , Issue 3

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Association Between TMD Treatment Need, Sick Leaves, and Use of Health Care Services for Adults

Kuttila/Kuttila/Bell/Alanen

Pages: 242-248
PMID: 9610314

The objective of this study was to analyze the relationship between need for treatment of temporomandibular disorders, sick leaves, and use of health care services in a study population of 441 adults born between 1927 and 1967. The findings indicated that these were strongly associated. The results were in agreement with earlier studies suggesting that stomatognathic disorders are one link between medicine and dentistry in health care. Subjects with temporomandibular dis orders were significantly more often on sick leave, visited a physician more often, and had more physiotherapy and massage than subjects who did not need treatment for temporomandibular disorders. Intervention studies are needed to improve cooperation between different specialties, to eliminate unnecessary examinations as well as ineffective treatment modaliteis, and to decrease the cost of health care.

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