Journal Article

Consistency of orthodontic extraction decisions

R. Ribarevski, P. Vig, K. Dryland Vig, R. Weyant and K. O'Brien

in The European Journal of Orthodontics

Published on behalf of European Orthodontics Society

Volume 18, issue 1, pages 77-80
Published in print January 1996 | ISSN: 0141-5387
e-ISSN: 1460-2210 | DOI:
Consistency of orthodontic extraction decisions

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Ten orthodontists having completed specialist training, examined on two occasions 1 month apart, the complete pre-treatment records of 60 Class II division 1 patients representing the full range of dental malocclusion severity. At each session the orthodontist recorded whether their proposed treatment involved extractions. The level of agreement both betweeon and with in the orthodontists was evaluated with the Kappa statistic. Data analysis revealed that the level of agreement with in the examiners was good, however the between examiner agreement was poor. It appeared that the orthodontists were applying different criteria in terms of the extraction decision and this has implications for orthodontic patients.

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Subjects: Restorative Dentistry and Orthodontics

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