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Type: Journal article
Title: Practice activity trends among oral and maxillofacial surgeons in Australia
Author: Brennan, D.
Spencer, A.
Singh, K.
Teusner, D.
Goss, A.
Citation: BMC Health Services Research, 2004; 4(37):www1-www10
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd.
Issue Date: 2004
ISSN: 1472-6963
1472-6963
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David S Brennan, A John Spencer, Kiran A Singh, Dana N Teusner and Alastair N Goss
Abstract: BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to describe practice activity trends among oral and maxillofacial surgeons in Australia over time. METHODS: All registered oral and maxillofacial surgeons in Australia were surveyed in 1990 and 2000 using mailed self-complete questionnaires. RESULTS: Data were available from 79 surgeons from 1990 (response rate = 73.8%) and 116 surgeons from 2000 (response rate = 65.1%). The rate of provision of services per visit changed over time with increased rates observed overall (from 1.43 ± 0.05 services per visit in 1990 to 1.66 ± 0.06 services per visit in 2000), reflecting increases in pathology and reconstructive surgery. No change over time was observed in the provision of services per year (4,521 ± 286 services per year in 1990 and 4,503 ± 367 services per year in 2000). Time devoted to work showed no significant change over time (1,682 ± 75 hours per year in 1990 and 1,681 ± 94 hours per year in 2000), while the number of visits per week declined (70 ± 4 visits per week in 1990 to 58 ± 4 visits per week in 2000). CONCLUSIONS: The apparent stability in the volume of services provided per year reflected a counterbalancing of increased services provided per visit and a decrease in the number of visits supplied.
Keywords: Humans; Health Care Surveys; Questionnaires; Surgery, Oral; Adult; Aged; Middle Aged; Appointments and Schedules; Workload; Office Visits; Practice Management, Dental; Australia; Female; Male
Description: © 2004 Brennan et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
RMID: 0020041670
DOI: 10.1186/1472-6963-4-37
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