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Communication tools and patient satisfaction : a scoping review

Published inJournal of esthetic and restorative dentistry, vol. 34, no. 1, p. 104-116
Publication date2022
First online date2021-12-25

Objective: This scoping review aimed to present an overview of the literature on communication tools in esthetic dentistry. A variety of communication tools have been proposed to include patients in the shared decision-making (SDM) workflow. Only little is known about implementing communication tools in dentistry and their impact on patient communication and patient satisfaction. A systematic literature search was performed in Medline, Embase, Cochrane, and World of Science to identify if communication tools have an impact on patient satisfaction.

Material and methods: The search included studies from January 1, 2000 to March 3, 2020 published in English, focusing on patient communication tools and patient satisfaction in esthetic dentistry.

Results: Out of 6678 records, 53 full-texts were examined. Ten studies were included. Data of the included studies were extracted systematically and subsequently analyzed. All studies found that patient communication utilizing specific communication tools positively impacted either patient satisfaction, patient-dentist relationship, information retention, treatment acceptance, quality of care or treatment outcome.

Conclusions: Additional communication tools besides conventional verbal communication are able to enhance patient satisfaction, improve quality of care and establish a better patient-dentist relationship. It seems essential to further develop standardized communication tools for SDM in dental medicine, which will allow the comparison of research on this topic.

Clinical significance: This scoping review shows the importance of patient involvement in the decision-making process for improved patient satisfaction with esthetic dental treatments. With an increased implementation of communication tools, patient satisfaction and SDM may further improve in the future.

  • Patient communication tools
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Scoping review
  • Shared decision making.
  • Esthetic dentistry
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TOUATI, Romane et al. Communication tools and patient satisfaction : a scoping review. In: Journal of esthetic and restorative dentistry, 2022, vol. 34, n° 1, p. 104–116. doi: 10.1111/jerd.12854
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