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Dentists' consultations refers to ambulatory contacts with a dentist divided by the population. Contacts in out-patient wards should be included. The number of contacts includes:

- visits/ consultations of dentists at the dentist’s office

- dentist’s visits made to a person in institutional settings such as liaison visits or discharge planning visits, made in a hospital or nursing home with the intent of planning for the future delivery of service at home.

The number of dental contacts according to the above definition is only a crude measure of the volume of services provided, as services are added regardless of their complexities.

Source Publication:
OECD Health Data 2001: A Comparative Analysis of 30 Countries, OECD, Paris, 2001, data sources, definitions and methods.

Statistical Theme: Health statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Monday, March 3, 2003