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Type: Journal article
Title: Dental services provided by dentists in Australia
Author: Brennan, D.S.
Chrisopoulos, S.
Luzzi, L.
Teusner, D.N.
Citation: Australian Dental Journal, 2020; 65(1):90-95
Publisher: Australian Dental Association
Issue Date: 2020
ISSN: 0045-0421
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D. S. Brennan, S. Chrisopoulos, L. Luzzi, D. N. Teusner
Abstract: OBJECTIVES:To examine dental services by age and sex of dentist in Australia, and compare with previous estimates across the period 1983-84 to 2013-14. METHODS:Data were collected by mailed survey from a random sample of Australian dentists. Private sector dentists were the focus of the analysis. Data were weighted to the age and sex distribution of Australian practising dentists. RESULTS:The analysis was based on service logs collected from n=211 dentists. Adjusted results (rate ratio, 95% CI) showed male dentists had higher endodontic rates (1.7, 1.0-2.9) than females. Dentists aged 40-49 years had higher restorative rates (1.6, 1.1-2.2) but lower preventive rates (0.5, 0.3-0.9) than those aged 20-29 years. Diagnostic services were lower for dentists aged 40-49 to 60+ years (0.8, 0.6-0.9), while denture services were higher for dentists aged 40-49 (11.1, 2.5-48.5) to 60+ years (6.4, 1.2-33.3). Crowns were higher for dentists aged 40-49 (2.4, 1.0-5.6) and 50-59 years (2.9, 1.3-6.6). Diagnostic and preventive services were consistently higher across 1983-84 to 2013-14. CONCLUSIONS:Younger dentists had higher rates of diagnostic and preventive services. Over a 30-year period, there was a consistent trend towards higher provision of diagnostic and preventive services.
Keywords: Dental practice
Dental services
Dentist age
Patient visits
Workforce planning
Rights: ©2019 Australian Dental Association
DOI: 10.1111/adj.12741
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