Table 1

Information needs of general dentists during clinical sessions in the study (n = 105 patient cases)

Foreground information needs

Cases with needs

Cases with needs met

Cases with needs unmet

Background information needs

Cases with needs

Cases with needs met

Cases with needs unmet



Chief complaint & symptoms

55

55 (100%)

0 (0%)

Medical & health history

36

33 (92%)

3 (8%)



Treatment options & procedures

50

44 (88%)

6 (12%)

Dental insurance coverage

17

12 (71%)

5 (29%)



Visual representation of problems

43

31 (72%)

12 (28%)

Patient decision on treatment

11

10 (91%)

1 (9%)



Assessment of problems

41

36 (88%)

5 (12%)

Time of dental visit

8

8 (100%)

0 (0%)



Effect of treatment

15

12 (80%)

3 (20%)

Dental health behaviors

8

7 (87.5%)

1 (22.5%)



Clinical evidence

9

0 (0%)

9 (100%)

Access to resources

8

4 (50%)

4 (50%)


Song et al. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2010 10:7   doi:10.1186/1472-6947-10-7

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