Judicial Vulnerability on the Exercise of Orthodontics: Construction and Validation of a Questionnaire


  • Cleverson Raymundo Sbarzi Guedes
  • Isabel Cristina Gonçalves Leite
  • Felipe de Almeida Pinheiro
  • Marcio José da Silva Campos
  • Sergio Luiz Mota Júnior
  • Matheus Melo Phiton
  • Robert Willer Farinazzo Vitral


Validation Study, Compensation and Redress, Social Vulnerability, Surveys and Questionnaires


Objective: To develop and validate a questionnaire to measure the vulnerability of orthodontists, measuring the risks of being involved in civil liability lawsuits. Material and Methods: In-depth interviews were performed with three groups: G1- law professionals, G2 – orthodontists, and G3 – orthodontic patients. From the analysis of the content of Bardin, domains for the construction of the first version of the 53-question questionnaire were identified. The questionnaire was submitted to experts for validation, inclusion and exclusion of questions, but maintaining the 53-question format. It was submitted to the test-retest phases and verification of internal consistency. Results: 247 professionals answered the final version of the questionnaire. The intraclass correlation coefficient was 88.8%. Cronbach's alpha was 0.946, with high internal consistency. The Kaiser-Meyer-Olkin and Bartlett’s tests confirmed internal consistency showing the values of 0.909 and significance of <0.001, respectively. From the total score and factorial analysis, the sample was divided into three groups of judicial vulnerability. Conclusion: The results of this study demonstrated that the questionnaire is a valid tool to measure the risks of involvement in civil liability lawsuits by orthodontists. It presented a multidimensional character and might be applied as well as face to face or online, without prejudice to quality.


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How to Cite

Guedes, C. R. S. ., Leite, I. C. G. ., Pinheiro, F. de A. ., Campos, M. J. da S. ., Mota Júnior, S. L. ., Phiton, M. M. ., & Vitral, R. W. F. . (2022). Judicial Vulnerability on the Exercise of Orthodontics: Construction and Validation of a Questionnaire. Pesquisa Brasileira Em Odontopediatria E Clínica Integrada, 22, e210123. Retrieved from https://revista.uepb.edu.br/PBOCI/article/view/1450



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