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Type: Journal article
Title: Variation in dental service provision among adult migrant public-funded patients
Author: Brennan, D.
Spencer, A.
Citation: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 1999; 23(6):639-642
Issue Date: 1999
ISSN: 1326-0200
Abstract: <h4>Objective</h4>To examine type of care, oral health status and service patterns by country of birth and language.<h4>Methods</h4>A random sample of public-funded patients (n = 6, 109) was surveyed in 1995-96.<h4>Results</h4>Emergency care was highest among overseas-born patients who spoke a non-English language at home; edentulism was highest among Australian-born/English only patients; while a higher percentage of Australian-born persons were in the periodontal health category (chi 2; p < 0.05). Differences in caries experience were generally small (ANOVA; p < 0.05). Service provision varied by country of birth/language after controlling for socio-demographic characteristics, type of care, and oral health status in six service areas (logistic regression; p < 0.05).<h4>Conclusions</h4>Service patterns may reflect behavioural and cultural factors of patients or providers operating independently of socio-demographic and oral health status variables.<h4>Implications</h4>Variation and potential inequality in service patterns related to cultural factors existed within a group of disadvantaged patients.
Keywords: Humans
Health Care Surveys
Logistic Models
Odds Ratio
Sampling Studies
Age Distribution
Sex Distribution
Socioeconomic Factors
Transients and Migrants
Oral Health
Dental Health Services
Public Assistance
South Australia
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-842X.1999.tb01551.x
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