Journal article

Cost-analysis of teledentistry in residential aged care facilities

Rodrigo Marino, Utsana Tonmukayakul, David Manton, Andrew Stranieri, Ken Clarke

JOURNAL OF TELEMEDICINE AND TELECARE | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this research was to conduct a cost-analysis, from a public healthcare perspective, comparing the cost and benefits of face-to-face patient examination assessments conducted by a dentist at a residential aged care facility (RACF) situated in rural areas of the Australian state of Victoria, with two teledentistry approaches utilizing virtual oral examination. METHODS: The costs associated with implementing and operating the teledentistry approach were identified and measured using 2014 prices in Australian dollars. Costs were measured as direct intervention costs and programme costs. A population of 100 RACF residents was used as a basis to estimate the cost of or..

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