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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(1), 667-678; doi:10.3390/ijerph120100667

Describing the Primary Care Actions of Oral Health Teams in Brazil

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Department of Community and Preventive Dentistry, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Av. Antônio Carlos, 6627 Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais 31270.901, Brazil
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Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Av. Antônio Carlos, 6627 Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais 31270.901, Brazil
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Received: 4 November 2014 / Accepted: 6 January 2015 / Published: 12 January 2015
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Abstract

Objective: To describe the primary care actions performed by oral health teams (OHTs) that participated in a large national survey led by the Ministry of Health in 2012. Methods: A total of 12,403 dentists from OHTs completed a set of survey questions (response rate = 85.01%) on the organization of care, basic dental procedures and oral health surveillance actions of OHTs. Descriptive and hierarchical cluster analyses were developed. Results: The majority of OHTs (85.2%) reported that they performed “patient welcoming”. The delivery of services was based on a patient’s identified disease risk (83.1%), and continuity of care was ensured by 85.9% of OHTs. Individual preventive, restorative and surgical procedures were performed by the majority of the teams; however, screening for oral cancer and construction of dental prostheses/dentures occurred less frequently. Cluster 1 was composed of OHTs with the lowest proportion of oral healthcare actions related to oral cancer and dental prostheses/dentures, and the Southeastern and Southern regions had higher proportions of OHTs from cluster 2. Conclusions: OHTs adhere to some of the principles of primary care organizations; however, the teams perform fewer actions related to oral cancer treatment and rehabilitation with complete dentures. The geographical distribution of the clusters was unequal in Brazil. View Full-Text
Keywords: primary health care; oral health services; evaluation primary health care; oral health services; evaluation
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dos Reis, C.M.R.; da Matta-Machado, A.T.G.; do Amaral, J.H.L.; Werneck, M.A.F.; de Abreu, M.H.N.G. Describing the Primary Care Actions of Oral Health Teams in Brazil. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 667-678.

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