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Perceptions of dental treatment need in Australian-born and migrant populations

Lim, MAWT, Crocombe, LA ORCID: 0000-0002-3916-0058 and Do, LG 2017 , 'Perceptions of dental treatment need in Australian-born and migrant populations' , European Journal of Oral Sciences, vol. 125, no. 6 , pp. 479-486 , doi: 10.1111/eos.12373.

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The objective of this study was to investigate differences in self-perceived anddentist-determined treatment need in Australian-born and migrant residents ofAustralia. Participants in the National Survey of Adult Oral Health 2004–06 werecategorized into six groups according to country of birth. Interview and examina-tion data were used to analyze differences between self-perceived and the ‘goldstandard’ examiner-determined treatment need, and to compare the accuracy ofself-reporting according to country of birth. Self-reported treatment needs, definedas the need for a restoration and/or extraction, were cross-tabulated with clini-cally observed conditions and compared using a multivariable logistic regressionmodel. Concordance between self-reported and clinically-determined treatmentneed differed significantly for migrants from Europe and the UK and Australian-born individuals. In the logistic regression model, stratification according toexaminer-determined treatment need revealed significantly greater reporting oftreatment need by Asian-born migrants than by the Australian-born referencegroup. The results of this study demonstrate that self-perceived treatment needwas less than the examiner-determined findings in European and UK migrantgroups and Australian-born individuals. Additionally, Asian migrants were morelikely than Australian-born individuals to over-report treatment need for a fillingand/or extraction

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Lim, MAWT and Crocombe, LA and Do, LG
Keywords: Australia, immigrant, oral health, perceived
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Oral Sciences
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN: 0909-8836
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/eos.12373
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Copyright 2017 European Journal of Oral Sciences

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