Developing a Minimum Data Set for Orthodontic Information Management: A Review of Evidences

Document Type : Review


1 Department of Health Information Management, School of Health Management and Information Sciences, Health Human Resources Research Center, Clinical Education Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

2 Department of Orthodontics, School of Dentistry, Orthodontic Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

3 PhD candidate, Department of Health Information Management,Student Research Committee, Health Human Resources Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

4 Msc student in Health Information Technology, Student Research Committee, School of Paramedicine, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abass, Iran


Background: One of the problems in the oral health is lack of coordination and misalignment
of teeth, so orthodontic treatments were performed to treat this issue. This treatment is time
consuming and the need to document the processes is strongly felt. Dental information
management can improve the quality of dental care and reduce the costs by preventing reprocedures.
To manage the orthodontics information, the present study aimed to review a
minimum orthodontics data set.
Methods: This review study was performed using the guidelines and related articles
conducted from 2001 to September 2021 through scientific databases and search engine
(PubMed, ProQuest, Wiley, Google Scholar, Scopus and Science Direct) using keywords
including (minimum data set, health information management, dental records, orthodontics,
orthodontic records, malocclusion, and maxillofacial malformations).
Results: According to studies, demographic data, general evaluation, extra and intra oral
examination, functional examination, temporomandibular joint condition, cephalometric
data, cast analysis, evaluation data and treatment plan, progress note, unit summary, dental
history, and type of orthodontic treatment have suggested as minimum orthodontics dataset.
Conclusion: Developing minimum dataset as a standard approach for better understanding
and comparing the data is necessary in the health information management. The present
study proposes a minimum data set for implementation of orthodontic information system
in Iran. This system will play an important role in improving the oral health indicators of the
community and provide access to an electronic health record.


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