May 2019 – Patient Satisfaction
Satisfaction Analysis of Patients with Single Implant Treatments Based on a Questionnaire Survey
Dong H, Zhou N, et al.
Patient Prefer Adherence. 2019 May 7;13:695-704
The factors influencing satisfaction of the patients with implant treatments are still unclear. This study seeks to evaluate the patients’ satisfaction and to identify influencing factors, which will improve the medical quality of oral implantology. Patients who lost single teeth and received implant treatments were enrolled in hospital study between February 2016 and March 2018. A questionnaire survey was performed to assess patient satisfaction and data were collected at four time points. Information included gender, age, educational level, application of bone augmentation, type of prosthetic restoration, period of teeth loss, dentist qualification, and tooth position. Meanwhile, the satisfaction of the patients was evaluated by visual analog scale.
A total of 373 patients completed the questionnaires. The mean of overall satisfaction score was 69.05. Lower overall satisfaction score was found in patients who received bone augmentation and those with a longer period of teeth loss. In the bone augmentation group, the elements of pain and complication were significantly associated with a decrease in the median satisfaction score, and a similar result was obtained from the duration of operative time and healing response . On the other hand, the satisfaction scores for elements including the duration of operative time and healing response, aesthetics and psychology, and chewing function decreased with an extended period of teeth loss. Meanwhile, over half of respondents were more concerned about the survival time (40.70%) and success rate (20.49%) of implants. The investigators concluded that bone augmentation and the period of teeth loss are negative factors affecting patient satisfaction, and the success rate and survival time of implants are considerable aspects for patients. It is essential to raise general awareness of oral hygiene and optimize the dental implant therapeutic process.
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