Quality of data gathered with International Caries Detection and Assessment System (ICDAS) assessment and dentists' perceptions of completion of dental records

Int Dent J. 2011 Dec;61(6):314-20. doi: 10.1111/j.1875-595X.2011.00076.x.


Background: The FDI World Dental Federation is engaged in a global consultation process to assess the potential challenges and impacts of the introduction of a preventive model to existing systems for caries management.

Objectives: The aims of this study were to evaluate the quality of dental disease data collected with the International Caries Detection and Assessment System (ICDAS) index and dentists' perceptions with regard to the collection of data using the 'European Global Oral Health Indicators Development' (EGOHID) survey methods, and to estimate the mean time required for completion of the dental records according to the practitioners' perceptions.

Materials and method: The data - 2877 clinical examinations and 2877 individual assessments - were collected in 2008 using a network of 146 sentinel dentists in eight European countries. A clinical survey was completed for each participant and the dentist gave a detailed assessment of each patient investigated.

Results: This study shows that practitioners' perceptions have an impact on the mean time required to complete the dental record. Mistakes originate from dentists' attempts to simplify the completion of many boxes. This results in a larger number of missing data than of error codes. These missing data have an effect on the time required for information collection.

Conclusion: The quality of the data collected will allow the establishment of recommendations based on this method.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Clinical Coding / standards
  • Data Collection / standards
  • Dental Caries / classification
  • Dental Caries / diagnosis*
  • Dental Implants / statistics & numerical data
  • Dental Records / standards*
  • Dental Restoration, Permanent / statistics & numerical data
  • Dentists / psychology*
  • Europe
  • Humans
  • Physical Examination
  • Pit and Fissure Sealants / therapeutic use
  • Time Factors


  • Dental Implants
  • Pit and Fissure Sealants