Developing a research diagnostic criteria for burning mouth syndrome: Results from an international Delphi process

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  • Charlotte C Currie, School of Dental Sciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, United Kingdom
  • Richard Ohrbach, University at Buffalo , Buffalo Buffalo, New York , USA
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  • Reny De Leeuw, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA, United States
  • Heli Forssell, University of Turku, Turku, Finland, Finland
  • Yoshiki Imamura, Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan, Japan
  • Satu K Jääskeläinen, University of Turku, Turku, Finland, Finland
  • Michail Koutris, , Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA), University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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  • Cibele Nasri-Heir, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers State University of New Jersey, USA
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  • Tan Huann, King's and St Thomas's Dental Institute, King's College, London., United Kingdom
  • Tara Renton, King's and St Thomas's Dental Institute, King's College, London., United Kingdom
  • Peter Svensson
  • Justin Durham, School of Dental Sciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, United Kingdom

OBJECTIVE: To develop a beta version of a preliminary set of empirically derived research diagnostic criteria (RDC) for burning mouth syndrome (BMS) through expert consensus, which can then be taken into a test period before publication of a final RDC/BMS.

DESIGN: A 6 round Delphi process with twelve experts in the field of BMS was used. The first round formed a focus group during which the purpose of the RDC and the definition of BMS was agreed upon, as well as the structure and contents. The remaining rounds were carried out virtually via email to achieve a consensus of the beta version of the RDC/BMS.

RESULTS: The definition of BMS was agreed to be 'an intraoral burning or dysaesthetic sensation, recurring daily for more than 2 hours per day over more than 3 months, without evident causative lesions on clinical examination and investigation'. The RDC was based upon the already developed and validated RDC/TMD and formed three main parts: patient self-report; examination; and psychosocial self-report. A fourth additional part was also developed listing aspirational biomarkers which could be used as part of the BMS diagnosis where available, or to inform future research.

CONCLUSION: This Delphi process has created a beta version of an RDC for use with BMS. This will allow future clinical research within BMS to be carried out to a higher standard, ensuring only patients with true BMS are included. Further validation studies will be required alongside refinement of the RDC as trialling progresses.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Oral Rehabilitation
Volume48
Issue3
Pages (from-to)308-331
Number of pages23
ISSN0305-182X
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Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021

    Research areas

  • ANXIETY, AXIS I, DEPRESSION, ORAL LICHEN-PLANUS, OROFACIAL PAIN, PREVALENCE, RELIABILITY, SEVERITY, TEMPOROMANDIBULAR DISORDERS RDC/TMD, VALIDITY, burning mouth syndrome, oral dysaesthesia glossodynia, orofacial pain, research diagnostic criteria, stomatodynia

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