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Dental Health in rural Victoria: The Crossroads Household Survey

Simmons, D; Culliney, K; Joshy, Grace; McKenzie, A; Morgan, M

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Background: The aims of this study were to describe dental health and perceived barriers to dental care in a regional centre and surrounding smaller towns in rural Victoria. Methods: A stratified, randomized, face-to-face household survey was undertaken to assess levels of edentulism and access to oral health services. A study response rate of 70.3 per cent (6316/9260) was achieved. Results: When compared with those in the regional centre, people living in the shire capitals were more likely to...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorSimmons, D
dc.contributor.authorCulliney, K
dc.contributor.authorJoshy, Grace
dc.contributor.authorMcKenzie, A
dc.contributor.authorMorgan, M
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:20:23Z
dc.identifier.issn0045-0421
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/51893
dc.description.abstractBackground: The aims of this study were to describe dental health and perceived barriers to dental care in a regional centre and surrounding smaller towns in rural Victoria. Methods: A stratified, randomized, face-to-face household survey was undertaken to assess levels of edentulism and access to oral health services. A study response rate of 70.3 per cent (6316/9260) was achieved. Results: When compared with those in the regional centre, people living in the shire capitals were more likely to travel greater distances to see a dentist and were less likely to have seen a dentist within the past 12 months. While there was little difference in the edentulous proportion living in shire capitals compared with the regional centre, the level of edentulousness over the entire region was greater than overall Australian estimates. Differences in perceived barriers to care within the region were less than expected. Existing perceived barriers were lack of need, time until available appointments, attitudes of dentists and lack of public dental facilities. Differences in these barriers existed between socioeconomic groups. Conclusions: This study shows that the prevalence of edentulism was higher in the areas studied relative to the Australian population. Significant patient perceived barriers to care exist which may contribute to the problem.
dc.publisherAustralian Dental Association
dc.sourceAustralian Dental Journal
dc.subjectKeywords: adolescent; adult; aged; Australia; dental care; economics; edentulousness; epidemiology; female; health; health care delivery; health survey; human; male; middle aged; mouth disease; review; statistics; Adolescent; Adult; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Dental Access-to-care; Edentulousness; Oral health; Rural
dc.titleDental Health in rural Victoria: The Crossroads Household Survey
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume51
dc.date.issued2006
local.identifier.absfor111799 - Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.absfor110599 - Dentistry not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4468094xPUB234
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationSimmons, D, University of Auckland
local.contributor.affiliationCulliney, K, University of Auckland
local.contributor.affiliationJoshy, Grace, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMcKenzie, A , University of Melbourne
local.contributor.affiliationMorgan, M, University of Melbourne
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage140
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage145
local.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1834-7819.2006.tb00417.x
local.identifier.absseo920402 - Dental Health
dc.date.updated2015-12-09T08:46:34Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-33745883784
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