Development of a Patient-Based Provider Intervention for Early Caries Management

In Phase I, practitioners were interviewed about their opinions on non-invasive caries treatment and patients' preferences by using an interview script .

Non-invasive treatment patients were offered the opportunity to provide feedback during a telephone interview.

Based on information collected from patients and providers in Phase I, we designed a patient education brochure and "patient satisfaction with treatment for early caries" surveyinPhase II. These two forms were handed to the patients who participated in the Phase III study.

Each practitioner kept track of how many patients received non-invasive treatment for early caries during the data collection period, along with how many of these agreed to participate in the study.

Before the final data collection in Phase III, practitioners participated in an individual training session.

For each patient, practitioners completed a data collection form and a caries risk assessment form.