Utilisation of dental services for people with special health care needs in Australia
Mathew Albert Wei Ting Lim, Sharon Andrea Corinne Liberali, Gelsomina Lucia Borromeo
BMC Oral Health | BMC | Published : 2020
BACKGROUND: To explore the profile of patients and treatment delivered at specialist referral centres for individuals with special needs. METHODS: A cross-sectional audit was conducted of the health records of all patients with appointments at two of Australia's largest referral centres for patients with special needs, the Integrated Special Needs Department at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne and the Special Needs Unit at the Adelaide Dental Hospital, for the month of August 2015. RESULTS: The profile of patients treated at these specialist units demonstrates the diversity of individuals with additional health care needs that general dentists feel require specialised oral health care...View full abstract
This research was supported by the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. The funding body had no influence on study design, collection, analysis, or interpretation of data, or writing of the manuscript.