The use of clinical photography by UK general dental practitioners.

GA Morse, Mohammad Haque, Michael Sharland, Frederick Burke

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AIM: The aim of this study was to assess by means of a postal questionnaire the numbers of general dental practitioners (GDPs) who used clinical photography and for what application. METHOD: The questionnaire was distributed to 1,000 randomly selected dentists in the UK with an explanatory letter and reply paid envelope. The data collected was computerised and analysed statistically. RESULTS: Five hundred and sixty-two replies were received. Of the respondents, 48% used clinical photography, with 59% using a digital camera, 34% a 35 mm camera and 19% a video camera. Principal uses of clinical photography were treatment planning (84%), patient instruction/motivation (75%), medico-legal reasons (71%) and communication with the laboratory (64%). CONCLUSION: Clinical photography was used by 48% of general dental practitioner respondents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E1; discussion 14-5
JournalBritish Dental Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jan 2010


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