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dc.contributor.authorRoberts-Thomson, K.-
dc.contributor.authorLuzzi, L.-
dc.contributor.authorBrennan, D.-
dc.identifier.citationAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 2008; 32(5):444-449-
dc.description.abstractObjectives:The aim of this study was to assess social inequality in use of dental services by examination of visiting for relief of pain and receipt of extractions. Methods: Data were collected in the period of 2004-06, from a stratified clustered sample of Australians aged 15+ years, using a computer-aided telephone interview. Analysis was restricted to n=10,099 dentate adults. Results: Visiting for relief of pain varied by age, country of birth, education and income with lower odds (Odds ratio, 95%CI) among 55-74 (0.43, 0.35-0.54) and 75+ year-olds (0.22, 0.15-0.33) compared to the 15-34 year-olds, lower odds among Australian-born persons (0.82,0.69-0.98) compared to those born overseas, higher odds for those with no post-secondary education (1.31, 1.07-1.61) and with TAFE, trade or other qualifications (1.34, 1.09-1.66) compared to university qualified, and for those in the <$20,000 income group (1.61, 1.23-2.12), the $20,000-<$40,000 (1.53, 1.20-1.96) and the $40,000-<$60,000 group (1.33, 1.02-1.72) compared to <$80,000+. Receipt of extractions varied by age, sex, qualifications and income, with lower odds of extraction among persons of 75+ years (0.61,0.40-0.93) compared to the youngest age group, higher odds among males (1.34, 1.13-1.59) compared to females, those with no post-secondary education (1.59, 1.27-1.99) and with TAFE, trade or other qualifications (1.49, 1.21-1.84) compared to university qualified, and for the income groups <$20,000 (3.06, 2.27-4.12), $20,000-<40,000 (2.37, 1.80-3.12) and $40,000-<60,000 (1.94 1.47-2.55) compared to the $80,000+ income group. Conclusions: The results indicate social inequality in provision of dental services and suggest an urgent need for the dental profession and governments to address this inequality.-
dc.publisherPublic Health Assoc Australia Inc-
dc.subjectFacial Pain-
dc.subjectTooth Extraction-
dc.subjectDental Health Surveys-
dc.subjectMultivariate Analysis-
dc.subjectSampling Studies-
dc.subjectDental Care-
dc.subjectAge Factors-
dc.subjectSocioeconomic Factors-
dc.subjectAged, 80 and over-
dc.subjectMiddle Aged-
dc.subjectEducational Status-
dc.subjectContinuity of Patient Care-
dc.subjectHealth Services Accessibility-
dc.subjectPatient Acceptance of Health Care-
dc.subjectHealthcare Disparities-
dc.titleSocial inequality in use of dental services: relief of pain and extractions-
dc.typeJournal article-
dc.identifier.orcidRoberts-Thomson, K. [0000-0001-7084-5541]-
dc.identifier.orcidLuzzi, L. [0000-0002-5450-6483]-
dc.identifier.orcidBrennan, D. [0000-0002-7888-0920]-
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