Screening Tools Help Dentists and Doctors Assess and Treat Vexing Symptoms


A recent study from Indiana University School of Dentistry and Regenstrief Institute presents and validates a new brief screening tool to measure patient-reported symptoms of Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD). The TMD-7 is the most recent screening tool co-developed by Regenstrief Institute Research Scientist Kurt Kroenke, M.D.

In addition to the new TMD-7 screener, which will help clinicians manage the often-debilitating symptoms associated with TMD (formerly known as TMJ), Dr. Kroenke has co-developed brief survey measures in worldwide use to track symptoms of depression (PHQ-9); anxiety (GAD-7); suicide risk (P-4); and conditions common in older adults (SymTrak). Some of these tools have been translated into more than 100 languages and assist clinicians in selecting treatments and evaluating their effectiveness.

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