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Geographical variation in preventable hospital admissions for dental conditions: An Australia‐wide analysis

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Crocombe, LA and Allen, P and Bettiol, S and Khan, S and Godwin, D and Barnett, T and Hoang, H and Goldberg, LR, Geographical variation in preventable hospital admissions for dental conditions: An Australia‐wide analysis, Australian Journal of Rural Health, 27 pp. 520-526. ISSN 1038-5282 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2019 National Rural Health Alliance Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1111/ajr.12556

Abstract

Objective: To describe the characteristics of hospital admissions for dental conditions, by Australian Statistical Geography Standard remoteness area for the 5 years 2010/2011 to 2014/2015.

Design: Retrospective analysis of preventable hospital admissions due to dental conditions.

Setting: National data set provided by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Participants: Every hospital admission for patients who were admitted for dental conditions over five financial years, from 2010/2011 to 2014/2015.

Main outcome measures: The number (and rate per 1000 population) of hospital admissions due to dental conditions in each Australian Statistical Geography Standard remoteness area (major city, inner regional, outer regional, remote and very remote).

Results: There were 316 937 hospital admissions for dental conditions over the 5‐ year period. The rate of potentially preventable dental hospital admissions ranged from an average of 2.5 per 1000 population in major cities to 3.2 in inner regional areas, 3.1 in outer regional areas, and 4.1 per 1000 in remote and very remote areas. The rate of admissions was highest among those aged 0‐14 years living in remote (9.0‐10.0 per 1000) and very remote (9.8‐12.5 per 1000) areas. Dental caries was the most common reason for admissions.

Conclusions: There is an urgent need to address the social determinants of oral health in children aged 0‐14 years living in remote and very remote Australia. The delivery of mobile primary dental care services needs to be expanded in remote and very remote areas to prevent and treat dental caries.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:dental conditions, oral health, preventable hospital admissions, remote
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Primary Health Care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)
Objective Field:Rural Health
UTAS Author:Crocombe, LA (Associate Professor Leonard Crocombe)
UTAS Author:Allen, P (Dr Penny Allen)
UTAS Author:Bettiol, S (Dr Silvana Bettiol)
UTAS Author:Khan, S (Dr Shahrukh Khan)
UTAS Author:Godwin, D (Mrs Diana Godwin)
UTAS Author:Barnett, T (Associate Professor Tony Barnett)
UTAS Author:Hoang, H (Dr Ha Hoang)
UTAS Author:Goldberg, LR (Associate Professor Lyn Goldberg)
ID Code:139851
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2020-07-08
Last Modified:2020-08-07
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