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Evidence of the effect of rural background on rural practice in Australian dental practitioners: does gender play a role?


Godwin, D and Blizzard, CL and Hoang, Ha and Crocombe, LA, Evidence of the effect of rural background on rural practice in Australian dental practitioners: does gender play a role?, Australian Dental Journal, 62, (1) pp. 30-38. ISSN 0045-0421 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 Australian Dental Association

DOI: doi:10.1111/adj.12442


Background: People residing outside the capital cities have poorer oral health than their city counterparts. Health workforce shortages and stability issues can have negative health effects on rural populations. There has been an increasing proportion of women entering the dental practitioner workforce in Australia. This study investigated whether dental practitioners who have a rural background are more likely to work in a rural area than those who do not have a rural background; and whether the gender of dental practitioners plays a role.

Methods: A self-administered questionnaire was sent to a sample of dental practitioners via their professional dental associations. Practice location was assigned either ‘urban’ or ‘rural’ using the ASGC-RA categories and measured with demographic characteristics of the respondents. Prevalence ratios (PR) were estimated using Poisson regression with robust standard errors.

Results: Participants with a rural background were more than twice as likely (men PR 2.23, 95%CI = 0.79-6.26, women PR 2.82, 1.35-5.87) to practice in a rural area than those with an urban background.

Conclusions: Dental practitioners with rural backgrounds were more than twice as likely to work in rural practice as their urban counterparts.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia, dental practitioner, oral health, rural background, rural health
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Dentistry
Research Field:Dentistry not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Rural and remote area health
UTAS Author:Godwin, D (Mrs Diana Godwin)
UTAS Author:Blizzard, CL (Professor Leigh Blizzard)
UTAS Author:Hoang, Ha (Dr Ha Hoang)
UTAS Author:Crocombe, LA (Associate Professor Leonard Crocombe)
ID Code:110561
Year Published:2017 (online first 2016)
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2016-08-01
Last Modified:2017-11-06

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