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Delphi Study – Horizon 2030: Identifying and predicting future trends in implant dentistry in Europe

jeudi 17 octobre 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Paola Pino
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Although it is still a relatively new approach for rehabilitating edentulous patients, implant therapy is a cornerstone of dental treatment. Since first being introduced around 30 years ago, the field has changed dramatically. Completely new clinical scenarios have arisen due to an increasing demand, a growing evidence base and various technological advances. 

At this year's Congress in Lisbon, the EAO launched a new publication titled 'Delphi Study – Horizon 2030: Identifying and predicting future trends in implant dentistry in Europe' which aims to predict future trends in implant dentistry for the year 2030.

In trying to define the future of the field, there are a number of questions concerning the future of implant therapy which can be answered now with already existing scientific evidence. However, many aspects of professional practice and education in the field remain unclear and cannot be answered by scientific research alone. For this reason, group-based discussion and analysis using techniques like the Delphi method, where data relating to complex topics is collected through individual feedback, group judgement, and interactive discussion, are particularly effective.

The general goal of the EAO’s Delphi Study was to provide information about relevant aspects of implant therapy which remain uncertain and cannot be clarified by scientific evidence, using an open-ended questionnaire containing 60 questions developed by the advisory committee. The specific goals of the study were to identify future trends in the following areas: types of implant treatment demand, types of implants, diagnosis and planning procedures, surgical approaches, prosthetic protocols, peri-implant diseases, professional practice in implant dentistry, and education and training in dental implants.

138 experts were invited to participate. After several questionnaires and consensus meetings, answers were ranked by whether they achieved a high (above 86%), moderate (between 65-85%) or no clear (under 65%) consensus.

You can read the full report to see the results, and gain an insight into the future trends in European implant dentistry.


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