Oral health problems among adult patients at commune health centres in central Vietnam: prevalence and care seeking behaviour

Dao, Hoang Anh, Hill, Peter, Hien, Ngo and Toai, Nguyen (2015). Oral health problems among adult patients at commune health centres in central Vietnam: prevalence and care seeking behaviour. In: Vo Van Toi and Tran Ha Lien Phuong, IFMBE Proceedings. 5th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, (142-146). 16-18 June 2014. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-11776-8_35

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Author Dao, Hoang Anh
Hill, Peter
Hien, Ngo
Toai, Nguyen
Title of paper Oral health problems among adult patients at commune health centres in central Vietnam: prevalence and care seeking behaviour
Conference name 5th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering in Vietnam
Conference location Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Conference dates 16-18 June 2014
Proceedings title IFMBE Proceedings
Journal name IFMBE Proceedings
Series IFMBE Proceedings
Place of Publication Cham, Switzerland
Publisher Springer International Publishing
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-11776-8_35
Open Access Status Not Open Access
ISBN 9783319117751
ISSN 1433-9277
1680-0737
Editor Vo Van Toi
Tran Ha Lien Phuong
Volume 46
Start page 142
End page 146
Total pages 5
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Introduction: The burden of oral disease is an excessive issue of Vietnamese population while the accessibility of oral health services are restricted. This study were to identify the prevalence of dental caries and the oral health seeking behavior in response to oral health symptoms among adults presenting at commune health centers.

Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was used at three commune health centres in Thua Thien Hue province, Vietnam. During the four-week study period, all patients older than 18 year old who presented to the commune health centres for either general or oral health concerns were asked to complete a social survey, and received dental examinations.

Results and Discussion: There was a high proportion (92.2%) of adults had caries experience with a mean DMFT of 6.40±5.57 per person (2.98±3.04 decay teeth, 3.09±4.33 missing teeth, 0.33±0.88 filled teeth). 82.5% of adults had at least one oral health symptom in the previous year with several social and psychological impacts on quality of life. 42.5% used health facilities, 27.3% used self-medication, while 15.5% sought no treatment at all. Education level, usual source of dental care, and perceived importance of oral health were significantly associated with the use of oral health care services.

Conclusions: Despite of the high use of health facilities, the high prevalence and severity of oral problems has occurred. This draws attention to large disease burden and very negligible oral health care received at such primary care settings.
Keyword Adult
Care seeking behaviour
Oral health status
Vietnam
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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