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Capability of a national epidemiological survey to predict general dental service treatment.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6578898     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The aim of this investigation was to examine the relationship between the dental status of tooth surfaces, as recorded during the 1978 Adult Dental Health Survey, and the treatment dental attenders subsequently received. A year after the survey, almost twice as many surfaces had been filled than were predicted on the basis of the survey. After 3 yr, this had risen to a 3.5-fold difference. Despite this, 59% of the restorative need identified by the survey criteria remained unmet by the end of the 1st yr; 46% was unmet by the end of the 3rd yr. A surface that received a filling for the first time was three times more likely to have been identified as in need of filling during the survey than a surface which was refilled. These findings cast doubt upon the usefulness of the epidemiological survey as a tool for predicting restorative treatment, and show that maintenance of previous fillings was particularly poorly forecast by the survey data.
N M Nuttall
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Community dentistry and oral epidemiology     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0301-5661     ISO Abbreviation:  Community Dent Oral Epidemiol     Publication Date:  1983 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1983-12-20     Completed Date:  1983-12-20     Revised Date:  2009-01-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0410263     Medline TA:  Community Dent Oral Epidemiol     Country:  DENMARK    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  296-301     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Dental Care*
Dental Caries / therapy
Dental Health Surveys
Health Services Needs and Demand*
Health Services Research*
Longitudinal Studies
Time Factors

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