Eine Kurzversion der RDC/TMD

Translated title of the contribution: An abbreviated version of RDC/TMD

D. R. Reißmann, M. T. John, O. Schierz, C. Hirsch

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Background: The aim of this study was to develop a short diagnostic test for pain-related craniomandibular disorders (CMD) based on the Research Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders (RDC/TMD). Material and Method: Participants included 1,177 CMD patients and 896 general population subjects who were examined according to the RDC/TMD. This new diagnostic short test consisted of a combination of the least amount of RDC/TMD items that distinguished between patients and subjects with a sensitivity of =70% and a specificity of =90%. The diagnostic test items were selected from all available RDC/TMD items using best subset logistic regression. Results: The question about the presence of facial pain achieved a sensitivity of 96% and a specificity of 95%. The lower limits of the confidence interval for test accuracy measures exceeded the postulated thresholds specified for test development. Assuming a CMD pain prevalence of 10% in the general population this short test resulted in a positive predictive value of 80% and a negative predictive value of >99%. Conclusion: A single question about facial pain is a strong predictor for a pain-related CMD disorder and could provide an effective CMD short test.

Translated title of the contributionAn abbreviated version of RDC/TMD
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)618-627
Number of pages10
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2009

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  • Diagnostic test
  • Early diagnosis
  • Facial pain
  • Temporomandibular disorders
  • Treatment need


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