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Swedish Quality Registry for Caries and Periodontal Diseases - a framework for quality development in dentistry.

Journal article
Authors Inger von Bültzingslöwen
Hans Östholm
Lars Gahnberg
Dan Ericson
Jan Wennström
Jörgen Paulander
Published in International dental journal
Volume 69
Issue 5
Pages 361-368
ISSN 1875-595X
Publication year 2019
Published at Institute of Odontology, Section 2
Institute of Odontology, Section 3
Pages 361-368
Language en
Keywords Cross-Sectional Studies, Dental Caries, Humans, Periodontal Diseases, Registries, Sweden
Subject categories Periodontology, Cariology


There is a need for monitoring dental health and healthcare, as support for quality development, allocation of resources and long-term planning of dental care. The aim of this paper is to describe the concept and implementation of the Swedish Quality Registry for Caries and Periodontal Diseases (SKaPa).The SKaPa receives information by automatic transfer of data daily from electronic patient dental records via secure connections from affiliated dental care organisations (DCOs). The registry stores information about DCOs, dental professionals and patients. Information on a patient level includes personal identifier, gender, age, living area, dental status, risk assessments for caries and periodontitis, and dental care provided. In addition, data generated from a global question on patient-perceived oral health are uploaded. In total, more than 400 variables are transferred to the registry and updated daily.In 2018, all of the 21 public DCOs and the largest private DCO in Sweden were affiliated to SKaPa, representing a total of 1,089 public and 234 private dental clinics. The accumulated amount of information on dental healthcare covers 6.9 million individuals out of the total Swedish population of 10 million. SKaPa produces reports on de-identified data, both cross-sectional and longitudinal.As a nationwide registry based on automatic retrieval of data directly from patient records, SKaPa offers the basis for a new era of systematic evaluation of oral health and quality of dental care. The registry supports clinical and epidemiological research, data mining and external validation of results from randomised controlled trials.

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