Dental Care Composite Unit Study (DECCUS). Executive Summary
Rept. no. 3, Feb 76-Jun 79
ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCES (ARMY) FORT SAM HOUSTON TX HEALTH CARE STUDIES DIV
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The purpose of the DECCUS Project was to develop a dental procedure weighting system for use in establishing a Dental Care Composite Unit DCCU of work measurement. A pilot study indicated that existing dental workload reporting systems did not adequately describe the activities of Army dentists. Phase II was instituted to develop a weighted dental procedure workload reporting system. The list of tasksprocedures used in the study was derived from a number of sources including the American Dental Association, the California State Department of Health, and input from many dental officers within the Army. Final values for each of the tasks were determined using accepted statistical methods, including descriptive statistics and regression analysis. It was concluded that a the final taskprocedure list developed for the study is descriptive of the clinical services rendered within the Army Dental Care System b a valid weighting factor has been developed for each of the dental tasksprocedures c the taskprocedure list can be consolidated into DD Form 477, making the new list immediately useful d the study has developed a dental workload reporting method which is more accurately descriptive of Army dental practice than the method currently in use and e the calculated mean time value for each taskprocedure can be used as DCCU values for workload measurement.
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