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Type: Journal article
Title: Patient mobility in Australian dentistry
Author: Thomson, W.
Stewart, J.
Carter, K.
Spencer, A.
Citation: Community Dental Health, 1996; 13(2):99-104
Issue Date: 1996
ISSN: 0265-539X
Abstract: Data on the mobility of dental patients are scarce. The aim of this study was to investigate movement among dentists of a representative sample of the Australian public. A postal questionnaire was completed by a random subsample of 1,010 participants in the 1995 National Dental Telephone Interview Survey. The response rate was 85.2 per cent. Approximately one-third of the 885 dentate respondents reported attending a different dentist to that attended two years previously; this was substantially higher (over half) among those whose last visit was not in the private sector. Most (81.8 per cent) of those who had changed dentist had done so for reasons which were beyond the immediate control of the dental profession, but 15.2 per cent had changed because they were unhappy with the care provided by the previous dentist, and 3.0 per cent had changed because the previous dentist was too expensive. Perceived freedom to change dentist was greater among individuals who used the private sector, spoke English in the home, and who were not holders of health cards. The findings of this study indicate that the Australian public manifests a moderate degree of movement among dental providers, and that such movement is greater among users of public-sector dental services.
Keywords: Humans
Dental Care
Dentist-Patient Relations
Public Health Dentistry
Private Sector
Middle Aged
Fees, Dental
Insurance, Health
Private Practice
Patient Satisfaction
Interviews as Topic
Surveys and Questionnaires
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