Community Dental Health

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September 2013
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0265 539X
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Caries prevalence in 12-year-old children from Germany: Results of the 2009 national survey no access 138 142 10.1922/CDH_3138Pieper05
Longitudinal register study of attendance frequencies in public and private dental services in Finland no access 143 148 10.1922/CDH_3214Widström06
The geographic distribution of patients seeking emergency dental care at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, Australia no access 149 154 10.1922/CDH_3124Kruger06
Using GIS to analyse dental practice distribution in Indiana, USA no access 155 160 10.1922/CDH_3175Kruger06
Oral health care services utilisation in the adult US population: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey 2006 no access 161 167 10.1922/CDH_3096Christian07
Dental infections increase the likelihood of hospital admissions among adult patients with sickle cell disease no access 168 172 10.1922/CDH_3126Laurence05
Preschool teachers as agents of oral health promotion: an intervention study in Sri Lanka no access 173 177 10.1922/CDH_3192Fernando05
Oral health literacy and information sources among adults in Tehran, Iran no access 178 182 10.1922/CDH_3159Yazdani05
Child oral health-related quality of life (COHQoL), enamel defects of the first permanent molars and caries experience among children in Western Australia no access 183 188 10.1922/CDH_3117Arrow06
Oral health-related quality of life in non-syndromic cleft lip and/or palate patients: a systematic review no access 189 195 10.1922/CDH_3225Antonarakis07
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The geographic distribution of patients seeking emergency dental care at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, Australia

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  • C.M. Rocha
  • E. Kruger
  • S. McGuire
  • M. Tennant


Background: Little detail is known about the geographical catchment areas covered by dental hospitals, with no previous Australian studies of this kind. The aim of this study was to assess the geographical distribution of public dental emergency patients and their socioeconomic status to define catchment zones for a dental hospital. Methods: All patients requesting emergency dental care at the Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne, meeting the inclusion criteria, in calendar years 2006 and 2010 were included in the sample. Geographic information systems tools were used to locate and link each patient address to the socioeconomic data. Results: For both 2006 and 2010 95% of the patients were living within 50km of the hospital. In 2006, most of the patients seeking care lived within a 15km radius of the dental hospital whilst in 2010 that distance increased somewhat. Patients from areas with similar socioeconomic status living more than 10km away from the hospital had poorer access to dental emergency treatment. Conclusions: The hospital had a surprisingly large catchment zone that overlapped those of smaller community-based clinics.

Key words: density mapping, geographic information systems, GIS, health service mapping, geographic mapping, metropolitan hospitals

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