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Title Professional School Students Are Less Likely To Have TMD Pain Than Undergraduate Students Shown in a Study of Saudi Arabian Women
Clinical Question Are students in college or professional school more likely to have TMD pain than undergraduate students?
Clinical Bottom Line Are students in college or professional school more likely to have TMD pain than undergraduate students?
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PubMed ID Author / Year Patient Group Study type
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#1) 9888230Zulgamin/1998705 female university students of Riyadh, Saudi ArabiaMeta-analysis
Key resultsResponses showed that professional students had less TMD pain and were clinically significant for jaw noise (P<0.05), pain in the front of the ear (P<0.05), tooth grinding (P<0.05), menstrual periods affecting pain (P<0.001), and chewing habits affecting pain (P<0.001).
Evidence Search temporomandibular[All Fields] AND ("pain"[MeSH Terms] OR "pain"[All Fields]) AND college[All Fields] AND ("students"[MeSH Terms] OR "students"[All Fields])
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The Evidence
705 female university students were analyzed and their temporomandibular dysfunction symptoms were recorded. The gold standard that was used is acceptable and was measured blind to the target test. I believe an adequate spectrum of disease severity was questioned and the gold standard was used on all patients. There were no competing interests. A meta-analysis of 705 patients was done showing the evidence to be of high quality.
Applicability This study was done on all female university students in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This study shows that undergraduate students should be screened for TMD issues more often than graduate/professional school students because they are more likely to have TMD issues. The applicability of this study is limited by the sample that was used.
Specialty/Discipline (General Dentistry) (Dental Hygiene)
Keywords TMD, Pain, College Students
ID# 2453
Date of submission: 03/12/2013spacer
E-mail fortryanm@gmail.com; fort@livemail.uthscsa.edu
Author Ryan M. Fort
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Faculty mentor/Co-author Edward F. Wright, DDS, MS
Faculty mentor/Co-author e-mail WrightE2@uthscsa.edu
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