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Geographical variation in preventable hospital admissions for dental conditions: An Australia‐wide analysis

Crocombe, LA ORCID: 0000-0002-3916-0058, Allen, P ORCID: 0000-0003-1945-8049, Bettiol, S ORCID: 0000-0002-4355-4498, Khan, S ORCID: 0000-0002-6695-4013, Godwin, D, Barnett, T ORCID: 0000-0002-1376-6414, Hoang, H ORCID: 0000-0001-5116-9947 and Goldberg, LR ORCID: 0000-0002-8217-317X 2019 , 'Geographical variation in preventable hospital admissions for dental conditions: An Australia‐wide analysis' , Australian Journal of Rural Health, vol. 27 , pp. 520-526 , doi: 10.1111/ajr.12556.

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Objective: To describe the characteristics of hospital admissions for dental conditions, by Australian Statistical Geography Standard remoteness area for the 5 years2010/2011 to 2014/2015.Design: Retrospective analysis of preventable hospital admissions due to dentalconditions.Setting: National data set provided by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.Participants: Every hospital admission for patients who were admitted for dentalconditions over five financial years, from 2010/2011 to 2014/2015.Main outcome measures: The number (and rate per 1000 population) of hospital admissions due to dental conditions in each Australian Statistical Geography Standardremoteness area (major city, inner regional, outer regional, remote and very remote).Results: There were 316 937 hospital admissions for dental conditions over the 5‐year period. The rate of potentially preventable dental hospital admissions rangedfrom an average of 2.5 per 1000 population in major cities to 3.2 in inner regionalareas, 3.1 in outer regional areas, and 4.1 per 1000 in remote and very remote areas.The rate of admissions was highest among those aged 0‐14 years living in remote(9.0‐10.0 per 1000) and very remote (9.8‐12.5 per 1000) areas. Dental caries was themost common reason for admissions.Conclusions: There is an urgent need to address the social determinants of oralhealth in children aged 0‐14 years living in remote and very remote Australia. Thedelivery of mobile primary dental care services needs to be expanded in remote andvery remote areas to prevent and treat dental caries.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Crocombe, LA and Allen, P and Bettiol, S and Khan, S and Godwin, D and Barnett, T and Hoang, H and Goldberg, LR
Keywords: dental conditions, oral health, preventable hospital admissions, remote
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Rural Health
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
ISSN: 1038-5282
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/ajr.12556
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