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Title: Oral health care utilization in children with disabilities
Authors: Leroy, Roos ×
Declerck, Dominique #
Issue Date: Nov-2013
Publisher: Springer
Series Title: Clinical oral investigations vol:17 issue:8 pages:1855-1861
Abstract: OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this report were to survey the utilization of oral health care in children and adolescents with disabilities over a 7-year period and to compare these data with the utilization pattern of their peers without disabilities. For most countries, these data have not been published in the international literature so far. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The cohort used was the Permanent Sample of Socially Insured Persons, an anonymous representative sample of Belgian residents. The database comprised prospective data on oral and general health care utilization and sociodemographic variables collected from 2002 up to 2008. RESULTS: Data were available from 326 children and adolescents with and 53,589 without disabilities. Dental attendance rates were low in both subgroups: only 50 % had a dental visit in four or more of the seven observation years. Emergency oral and medical care was recorded significantly more often in children with disabilities whereas radiographs, restorations, and orthodontic assessments and treatments more frequently in children without disabilities. CONCLUSION: The present study demonstrated that dental attendance rates in both subgroups were low and that in those who attended, preventive oral health care was only infrequently attested. Further research is needed to elucidate whether the lower number of radiographs and restorations and the higher number of emergency visits observed in the subgroup with disabilities reflect unmet oral treatment needs. CLINICAL RELEVANCE: Objective data on health care utilization are essential to enable governments and stakeholders to devise appropriate care and to optimize access to care for persons with disabilities.
ISSN: 1432-6981
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Conservative Dentistry
× corresponding author
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