Philippe Hujoel: Improving dental implant care through quality control procedures
- What aviation industry and medical / dental business have in common re quality control measures
- Industry associated studies tend to show better product performance than in non-industry associated studies
- Sometimes collection and availability of clinical data for medical devices is scarce
- A data registry and quality control chart in the clinic assists in monitoring and comparing clinical product and protocol performance
- New York 2013 symposium presentation
Demand for quality performance measures is increasing in many professions, including medical and dental procedures. Patients, insurance providers and governments request reliable data for adequate evaluation of treatment procedures, medical device performance, treatment result quality and treatment economics relative to quality. Dr Hujoel gives insight in the governmental, political and regulatory situation, reviews aspects of orthopedic implants, and compares the medical profession with quality monitoring in other fields such as e.g. the aviation industry. Establishment of a quality control chart and a quality data registry allows to compare clinical performance of different products and protocols and to identify more successful procedures and products. In case of doubt of relative performance improvement when changing protocols or products, Dr Hujoel recommends to randomize the first patient, in order to optimize the risk/opportunity ratio. Dr Hujoel concludes, that if we do quality control charts in our practice, we can get reliable information on what is best for our patients.
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