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Some Thoughts on Depression

It is hardly surprising that the chronic pain and limitations in function that many long-time TMJ patients experience can be accompanied by a state of depression, a sense of exhaustion and hopelessness.

Upcoming NAM Public Webinars on TMD

The National Academy of Medicine's (NAM) Committee on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD): From Research Discoveries to Clinical Treatment is hosting two public web conferences on Wednesday, June 19 and Wednesday, July 31.   Webinar 1: Pati

The NAM Committee Heard from Patients, Too

At the March 28, 2019 public meeting NAM committee members had a chance to hear from TMD patients who had submitted testimony for the record.

Swallowing Changes Related to Chronic Temporomandibular Disorders

To investigate whether chronic temporomandibular disorder (TMD) patients showed any changes in swallowing compared to a control group. Moreover, it was examined whether swallowing variables and a valid clinic measure of orofacial myofunctional status were associated.

National Academy of Medicine Holds Second TMD Meeting

We have reported previously about the decision of the prestigious National Academy of Medicine (NAM) to convene a committee of experts to examine all aspects of temporomandibular disorders (TMD).

TMJ PATIENT-LED ROUNDTABLE

  • May 29, 2019

Acting as the catalyst to advance the interests of TMJ patients, The TMJ Association developed the TMJ Patient-led RoundTable—a public-private collaboration among the federal government, scientists, clinicians, dentists, patients, advocates and manufacturers. Collectively, stakeholders possess broad expertise in numerous fields, including biomaterials and biomaterial sensitivity, infection, immunity, bioengineering, women's health issues, genetics, neuroscience, patient-centeredness, insurance practices, nutrition and bioethics.  

The RoundTable is the first patient-led project conducted under the auspices of the Medical Device Epidemiology Network (MDEpiNet), a public-private partnership developed to bring real world data and patient experiences together with a broad array of experts to conduct studies aimed at improving outcomes for implant patients worldwide. A unique aspect of the RoundTable initiative is that it is patient-centered. The RoundTable was initiated by a need to find out why some TMJ patients improve with implant surgery, while others worsen. It has evolved into a comprehensive study of all aspects of TMD and how these aspects interact to affect patient outcomes. The goal is to establish a scientifically valid roadmap that can reliably predict treatment outcomes for individual patients.

The RoundTable Working Groups continue to meet on a regular basis.The following documents have resulted from these activities:

More information is also available at the MDEpiNet's website: http://mdepinet.org/tmj-patient-led-roundtable-crn/.