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Framework for developing an interdisciplinary temporomandibular disorder clinic

18 months
Approved budget:
Dr Carrie Falling
Associate Professor Ramakrishnan Mani
Mr Matthew Dick
Dr Guangzhao Guan
Proposal type:
Health Delivery Research Activation Grant
Lay summary
We propose activities to support the development of a novel interdisciplinary clinic for temporomandibular disorders (TMDs). TMDs are a complex group of musculoskeletal conditions within the jaw, where pain is the most common complaint. The multifactorial nature of TMDs requires diverse treatment pathways and clinical specialties. However, New Zealanders with TMDs are primarily treated within dentistry services, where appointment waitlists are extensive. We propose to establish productive links across a diversity of Māori and non-Māori stakeholders, including people with TMD, researchers/clinicians across physiotherapy and dentistry specialties, to develop an interdisciplinary evidence-based service which addresses equity of access and incorporates Western and Mātauranga Māori views of health and wellbeing. This will involve collaborative priority setting with stakeholders alongside reviews of current literature, to establish a clinical framework for future research.