The need and demand for oral medicine services in the United States and Canada was determined by a prospective survey of American Academy of Oral Medicine practitioners who attended the Academy's 1996 annual meeting.
Of the 50 surveys returned from 149 eligible registrants, it was determined that, on the average, oral medicine practitioner respondents practiced 2.3 days per week and treated 8.7 patients per day ; this amounts to more than 40,000 patient-care visits per year.
Almost 90% of patients were treated because of medically compromising conditions, oral mucocutaneous disease, or chronic orofacial pain.
Most of the care (52%) was provided in non-university settings.
Most treatment involved the comprehensive evaluation of complex oral problems (36.7%), the prescription of medications (24.2%), or comprehensive dental treatment (21.8%) for patients with severe and life-threatening medical conditions.
These results suggest that oral medicine services are needed and that demand for these services is high.
Mots-clés Pascal : Utilisation, Soin, Santé, Stomatologie, Dentisterie, Enquête, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Canada, Demande thérapeutique, Consultation, Analyse quantitative, Homme, Epidémiologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Use, Care, Health, Stomatology, Dentistry, Survey, United States, North America, America, Canada, Therapeutical request, Consultation, Quantitative analysis, Human, Epidemiology
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0056188
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 14/05/1998.