Quality Assessment of Systematic Reviews of Temporomandibular Joint Ankylosis Surgical Treatment Outcomes

JOURNAL TITLE: The Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice

1. Nikhil O Govindan
2. Swati Sahu
3. Paul Mathai
4. Parveen S Sultana
5. Abhishek Patley
6. Vivekanand S Kattimani
7. Abhishek Jairaj
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Author Affiliations
1. com.mps.common.model.Contributor@66972e93 ,
2. com.mps.common.model.Contributor@4b558dd5 ,
3. com.mps.common.model.Contributor@14677c2b ,
4. com.mps.common.model.Contributor@4a38b56 ,
5. com.mps.common.model.Contributor@5b1fcee7 ,
6. com.mps.common.model.Contributor@3cc3cb74 ,
7. com.mps.common.model.Contributor@136a6ee3
Article keywords
Condyle, Cranium, Diarthrodial joint, Evidenced-based dentistry, Systematic review


Aim: Temporomandibular joint ankylosis (TMJA) management involves many surgical treatment modalities depending on the experience of the operator. A lot of literature has been published on various treatment modalities. Many systematic reviews (SRs) were published without any published prior protocol. So, the study aimed to evaluate the quality of SRs with meta-analysis of TMJA management. Materials and methods: Systematic reviews with meta-analysis were included for the quality assessment using AMSTAR (assessment of multiple SRs) and Glenny et al. checklist by two independent teams. The search was limited to the Medline database archival (from January 1980 to December 2018). Results: The primary search identified 1,507 related articles. After activation of different filters, abstracts screening, and cross-referencing, finally, a total of six studies were assessed to make the overview up-to-date. Conclusion: The articles scored 8 to 11 with AMSTAR and 7 to 13 with the Glenny et al. checklist. None of the published reviews received maximum scores. The methodology and heterogeneity are essential factors to assess the quality of the published literature. Clinical significance: None of the included meta-analysis was registered or published protocol with Prospero or Cochrane before publication for better validity of the studies. The authors are advised to follow reporting criteria so that in the future it is possible to provide the standards of care for TMJA with the highest quality of evidence.

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