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A pilot study on magnitude and reason for encounter of the patients with oral health problems among three different primary care clinics of Kuantan, Malaysia in 2012

Tin, Myo Han and Md Aris, Mohd Aznan and Tun Ismail, Tuan Sahardi and Thuraiapprah, D. M. and Yusoff, Azizah and Sulong, Robiatu Adawiah (2013) A pilot study on magnitude and reason for encounter of the patients with oral health problems among three different primary care clinics of Kuantan, Malaysia in 2012. In: 3rd Asian Regional Primary Care Association (ARPaC) Conference, 6-9 Mar 2013, Philippine International Coventional Center, Manila, Philippines . (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Aim of the study was to assess the magnitude and reason for encounter (RFE) of the patients with oral health problems (OHPs) among 3 different primary care clinics. Methods: A uniform structured format and open-ended questions were used to collect data from the patients with OHPs who attended at primary care clinic of International, Islamic University, Balok public clinic and private polyclinic Ar Razi in Kuantan, Malaysia between 1st April and 31st July 2012. A cross analysis was done between types of clinic and magnitude of the OHPs.Results: Minimal and maximum number of OHPs per 1000 patients per month in the University clinic, the Balok government clinic and the private poly clinic were 9.36 to 17.9, 10.81 to 25.7 and 4.2 to 14.8 respectively. Night call OHPs cases were only seen at the private poly clinic. The most OHPs were toothache and mouth pain (38%), mouth ulcer (30%), gingivitis (15.6 %), and co-morbidity with medical diseases (4%) respectively. Reasons for consulting OHPs at primary care clinics were non-specific answers same as RFE (56%), easily accessible to services (17%), familiar with general practitioners/family physicians (6.5%), getting emergency treatment for pain release (5%) and co-morbidity with medical diseases (1.3%). Conclusion: This study highlighted that OHPs is one of the RFEs in primary care clinic and need proper training for primary care physicians to provide quality services particularly for common and emergency OHPs in coordinating with oral health practitioners.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Additional Information: 6249/34292
Uncontrolled Keywords: oral health problems, primary care clinics, Kuantan, Malaysia
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Dentistry
Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Family Medicine (Effective: 1st January 2011)
Depositing User: Assoc Prof Dr Mohd Aznan Md Aris
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2015 15:09
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2015 15:12
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/34292

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