A dental x-ray validation study. Comparison of information from patient interviews and dental charts

Am J Epidemiol. 1985 Mar;121(3):430-9. doi: 10.1093/oxfordjournals.aje.a114015.


Information was collected from dentists of a subset of participants in a case-control interview study conducted in Los Angeles County, California, in August 1980-August 1981 to evaluate the relationship of dental x-rays to tumors of the parotid gland. Complete dental charts were available from 142 dentists of 84 cases and from 130 dentists of 79 controls. Analysis of data from these interview-chart comparisons indicates that recall appears to be unbiased since the measures of agreement between interview and dental chart data are similar for cases and controls. The authors further conclude that interview data alone may be used for case-control comparisons of dental x-ray exposure and would, because of unbiased misclassification, tend to underestimate the relative risks.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • California
  • Dental Records
  • Epidemiologic Methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Recall
  • Middle Aged
  • Parotid Neoplasms / etiology*
  • Radiography, Dental / adverse effects*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires