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Type: Journal article
Title: Provision of orthodontic care to adolescents in South Australia: the type, the provider and the place of treatment
Author: Allister, J.
Spencer, A.
Brennan, D.
Citation: Australian Dental Journal, 1996; 41(6):405-410
Issue Date: 1996
ISSN: 0045-0421
Abstract: There are many pathways involving different providers and locations that individuals may take in obtaining, orthodontic services. The aim of this study was to document the provision of orthodontic services and establish the pathways taken toward fixed orthodontic treatment by adolescents in South Australia. Data were collected on the use of orthodontic services by a cohort of adolescents enrolled in the School Dental Service at age 13 years and again at age 15 years. By age 15 years, 83.2 per cent of the adolescents had received orthodontic consultations, 27.3 per cent had received fixed orthodontic treatment and 41.4 per cent had received other forms of orthodontic treatment (extractions, space retainers or removable appliances). The majority of fixed orthodontic treatment was supplied by orthodontists in the private sector, while extractions and removable appliances were provided mainly by public sector general dentists. Most individuals used services in both the public and private sectors and the most frequent pathway taken by the adolescents receiving fixed orthodontic treatment involved consultation in both the public and private sectors, non-fixed orthodontic treatment in the public sector and fixed orthodontic treatment in the private sector. The findings indicate wide access to orthodontic consultation and a high uptake of fixed orthodontic treatment once the adolescent sought private sector orthodontic consultation. Orthodontic care was seen to be an interactive process between public sector general dentists and private sector orthodontists.
Keywords: Humans
Serial Extraction
Cohort Studies
Longitudinal Studies
Follow-Up Studies
Orthodontic Appliances, Removable
Orthodontic Retainers
Orthodontics, Corrective
Interprofessional Relations
General Practice, Dental
Public Sector
Schools, Dental
Private Practice
Referral and Consultation
Health Services Accessibility
South Australia
DOI: 10.1111/j.1834-7819.1996.tb06027.x
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