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DQA Educational Resource Center

Risk Adjustment in Dental Measures

DQA Guidebook

The Dental Quality Alliance (DQA) has developed a resource document titled "Quality Measurement in Dentistry: A Guidebook" to serve as a tool to educate various audiences on the basic purpose, importance and scope of quality measurement within dentistry. This document is updated every three years. 

DQA Recent Publications

  • Herndon, J. B., Tomar, S. L., Catalanotto, F. A., Rudner, N., Huang, I. C., Aravamudhan, K., ... & Crall, J. J. (2015). Measuring quality of dental care: Caries prevention services for children. The Journal of the American Dental Association146(8), 581-591. (

  • Herndon, J. B., Crall, J. J., Aravamudhan, K., Catalanotto, F. A., Huang, I., Rudner, N., ... & Shenkman, E. A. (2015). Developing and testing pediatric oral healthcare quality measures. Journal of public health dentistry75(3), 191-201. (

DQA Videos

The Dental Quality Alliance has produced its first series of video tutorials, titled "Introduction to Quality Measurements." The series contains five tutorials:

  1. About the DQA (2:16) This tutorial explains when and why the Dental Quality Alliance was formed, and how it has benefited the field of dentistry.
  2. What is Quality (3:28) This tutorial defines the term “quality” as it relates to healthcare. Included in the tutorial is an example for measuring quality of oral healthcare.
  3. How is Performance Measured in Dentistry (3:52) This tutorial defines the term “performance” as it relates to dentistry. The tutorial explains the different levels of assessment and data sources for measurement in dentistry.
  4. What is a Measure (3:07) This tutorial explains the different components of a measure including numerators, denominators and exclusions.
  5. Process for Starter Set (3:16) This tutorial explains the process the DQA used to develop the Starter Set.