Journal article

Patterns of use of oral health care services in Australian rural adults: the Crossroads-II Dental sub-study

R Marino, K Glenister, L Bourke, M Morgan, C Atala-Acevedo, D Simmons



BACKGROUND: As part of a larger study, the Crossroads-II Dental sub-study determined the patterns of, and barriers to, oral health care service utilization in a rural area of Victoria. METHODS: In this cross-sectional sub-study predisposing, enabling, needs-related, and oral health variables were considered in association with patterns of oral health care utilization. A logistic regression was performed to explain the use of oral health care services. RESULTS: Overall, 574 adults participated, with 50.9% reporting having visited an oral health care service in the previous 12 months. Age, number of chronic health conditions and holding a health card; were associated with increased visit to a ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The researchers thank all participants who volunteered their time to the Crossroads II study. We are also grateful for all the Research Assistants who collected data for Crossroads II, namely Sian Wright, Veronica Coady, Fulya Torun, Zahra Ali, Delia Allen, Jayden Andrew, Shane Barbary, Lauren Barker, Felicity Booth, Lou Bush, Amanda Clarkson, Nicole DalleNogare, Madhulika Golhar, Priscilla Howden, Terry James, Viv Jeffries, James Kolacz, Lisa McCoy, Jill McFarlane, Angela Magoga, Zubaidah Mohamed Shaburdin, Bruce Naylor, Patricia Patt, Lyn Pierce, Karen Quinlan and Catherine Sambell and Peter Wnukowski-Mtonga. We acknowledge the National Health and Medical Research Council and our local partners for funding, including Goulburn Valley Health, Primary Care Connect, Benalla Health, Cobram District Health, Seymour Health, Moira Shire, Goulburn Valley Primary Care Partnerships, Shepparton Access, City of Greater Shepparton, Alfred Health and the Department of Rural Health, The University of Melbourne. Furthermore, we acknowledge support of the Australian Government Department of Health Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program.