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Perceptions of dental treatment need in Australian-born and migrant populations


Lim, MAWT and Crocombe, LA and Do, LG, Perceptions of dental treatment need in Australian-born and migrant populations, European Journal of Oral Sciences, 125, (6) pp. 479-486. ISSN 0909-8836 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2017 European Journal of Oral Sciences

DOI: doi:10.1111/eos.12373


The objective of this study was to investigate differences in self-perceived anddentist-determined treatment need in Australian-born and migrant residents ofAustralia. Participants in the National Survey of Adult Oral Health 2004–06 werecategorized into six groups according to country of birth. Interview and examina-tion data were used to analyze differences between self-perceived and the ‘goldstandard’ examiner-determined treatment need, and to compare the accuracy ofself-reporting according to country of birth. Self-reported treatment needs, definedas the need for a restoration and/or extraction, were cross-tabulated with clini-cally observed conditions and compared using a multivariable logistic regressionmodel. Concordance between self-reported and clinically-determined treatmentneed differed significantly for migrants from Europe and the UK and Australian-born individuals. In the logistic regression model, stratification according toexaminer-determined treatment need revealed significantly greater reporting oftreatment need by Asian-born migrants than by the Australian-born referencegroup. The results of this study demonstrate that self-perceived treatment needwas less than the examiner-determined findings in European and UK migrantgroups and Australian-born individuals. Additionally, Asian migrants were morelikely than Australian-born individuals to over-report treatment need for a fillingand/or extraction

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia, immigrant, oral health, perceived
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Dentistry
Research Field:Dentistry not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Dental health
UTAS Author:Crocombe, LA (Associate Professor Leonard Crocombe)
ID Code:125899
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2018-05-15
Last Modified:2018-08-24

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