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A Consortium fostering the evidence-based diagnosis & management of orofacial pain and jaw disorders

Our goal is to advance the scientific knowledge of temporomandibular disorders (TMD), orofacial pain, and jaw disorders through scientifically developed diagnostic tools based on standardized assessment.  These tools are intended to be applicable to both research and clinical settings, including international use, multi-site and cross-cultural research studies. We review progress at our  annual meetings and international consensus workshops. Please contact us if you are interested in participating in our activities; our past meetings will give you an idea of what we do. The core tool that established the Consortium, the Research Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders (RDC/TMD), remains a model for pain research. That tool is now replaced by the DC/TMD (2014) for both clinical and research use.  The next wave of research regarding TMDs and how they are conceptualized will be conducted using the DC/TMD as well as other research tools that will be posted on this site.  Our methods include population studies, clinical epidemiology and clinical trials, and experimental human studies.


DC/TMD Examiner Training Courses (5/21/2015).  The next course in Malmö, Sweden, to be held in English on Oct 12-13, 2015, will provide a comprehensive training, including clinical calibration, in the practical use of the DC/TMD on a specialist level.  The course will comprise both theoretical lecures and clinical sessions. Cost is 5000 SEK.  Seats are limited and available on first-come basis.  Contact per.alstergren@mah.se for further information and registration. Additional courses in English may be held in Malmö and Buffalo, NY during 2015.

The DC/TMD examination video is available (12/3/2014).  See the DC/TMD page for further information.

DC/TMD has been published (2/24/2014). The full protocol is available on the DC/TMD page, and the publication (Schiffman et al, 2014) can be downloaded via the link.

Website Updates

(12/19/2014) Several DC/TMD instruments were updated in order to correct formatting problems.  See the list of changes document on that page.

(3/19/2014) The DC/TMD instruments are available to members as source documents for translation; instruments in original .docx format are also available as a template for final translations to be copied onto.   Please send suggestions for further improvement and any bad links to Ohrbach.


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