The influence of a structured telephone call on orthodontic pain and anxiety

Brian W. Bartlett, Allen R. Firestone, Katherine W L Vig, F. Michael Beck, Phillip Marucha

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Abstract

Introduction: This purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a structured telephone call after orthodontic appliance placement on self-reported pain and anxiety. Methods: One hundred-fifty orthodontic patients were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 groups and matched for age, sex, and ethnicity. The subjects completed baseline questionnaires to assess their levels of pain (on a 100-mm visual analog scale) and anxiety (Spielberger's State-Trait Anxiety Inventory) before orthodontic treatment. After the initial archwires were placed, all subjects completed the pain questionnaire and state-anxiety inventory at the same time daily for 1 week. One group also received a structured telephone call demonstrating care and reassurance; the second group received an attention-only telephone call, thanking them for participating in the study; the third group served as a control. Results: Although both telephone groups reported significantly less pain (P = .005) and state-anxiety (P = .033) than the control group, there was no difference between the 2 telephone groups (P > .12 for pain; P > .81 for state-anxiety). Conclusions: A telephone call from a health-care provider reduced patients' self-reported pain and anxiety; the content of the telephone call was not important.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)435-441
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
Volume128
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Orthodontics
Telephone
Anxiety
Pain
Orthodontic Appliances
Equipment and Supplies
Visual Analog Scale
Health Personnel
Research Design
Age Groups
Control Groups

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)
  • Surgery

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The influence of a structured telephone call on orthodontic pain and anxiety. / Bartlett, Brian W.; Firestone, Allen R.; Vig, Katherine W L; Beck, F. Michael; Marucha, Phillip.

In: American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Vol. 128, No. 4, 10.2005, p. 435-441.

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Bartlett, Brian W. ; Firestone, Allen R. ; Vig, Katherine W L ; Beck, F. Michael ; Marucha, Phillip. / The influence of a structured telephone call on orthodontic pain and anxiety. In: American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. 2005 ; Vol. 128, No. 4. pp. 435-441.
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