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The Research Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders (RDC/TMD), edited by Samuel F Dworkin and Linda LeResche, was published in 1992 in The Journal of Craniomandibular Disorders, Facial & Oral Pain (now: Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache).  No electronic version of that publication is presently available.   The core properties, including specifications, instruments, and recording forms have been revised and updated since 1992 by a number of individuals, and the Consortium provides the most current “official” version of the protocol.


Many translated versions of the RDC/TMD have been created through the intense efforts by a large number of individuals since 1992.  The Consortium provides these instruments for anyone to use.

Training and Examiner Reliability Studies

Video materials are available to help the individual with the clinical examination and the patient interview.  Self-study guidelines as well as description of supervised skill development is described in further detail.


Document  Date
University of Washington Axis I & Axis II Booklet (formatting updated 2011; exam item numbers corrected 2015)  11/08/2016
Patient History Questionnaire 8/4/2007
PHQ: Demographics (only) 8/4/2007
PHQ: GCPS (only)  8/4/2007
PHQ: Jaw function checklist (only) 8/4/2007
Axis II Scoring Rules 8/4/2007
Text Revision of RDC/TMD Examiner Specifications 7/10/2005
Examiner Form (non-numbered; two-page format) 8/4/2007