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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(10), 1026; doi:10.3390/ijerph13101026

Accessibility to Specialized Public Oral Health Services from the Perspective of Brazilian Users

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Programa de Pós-Graduação em Odontologia, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, João Pessoa 58051-900, PB, Brazil
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Centro de Ciências da Saúde, Departamento de Fonoaudiologia, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, João Pessoa 58051-900, PB, Brazil
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Centro de Ciências da Saúde, Graduação em Odontologia, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, João Pessoa 58051-900, PB, Brazil
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Programa de Pós-Graduação em Odontologia, Universidade Estadual da Paraíba, Campina Grande 58429-500, PB, Brazil
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Received: 10 August 2016 / Revised: 15 September 2016 / Accepted: 10 October 2016 / Published: 19 October 2016
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Abstract

The Specialized Dental Clinics (SDCs) represent the first government initiative in Latin America aimed at providing specialized oral health services. This study sought to evaluate the organizational accessibility to specialized oral health care services in Brazil and to understand the factors that may be associated with accessibility from the user’s perspective. This epidemiological, cross-sectional and quantitative study was conducted by means of interviews with individuals who sought specialized public oral health services in the city of João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil, and consisted of a sample of 590 individuals. Users expressed a favorable view of the classification and resolutive nature of specialized services offered by Brazilian public health. The binary logistic regression analysis revealed weak points highlighting the difficulty involved in obtaining such treatments leading to unfavorable evaluations. In the resolutive nature item, difficulty in accessing the location, queues and lack of materials and equipment were highlighted as statistically significant unfavorable aspects. While many of the users considered the service to be resolutive, weaknesses were mentioned that need to be detected to promote improvements and to prevent other health models adopted worldwide from reproducing the same flaws. View Full-Text
Keywords: health services evaluation; health policy; dental health services health services evaluation; health policy; dental health services
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de Castro, R.D.; Rangel, M.L.; da Silva, M.A.A.; de Lucena, B.T.L.; Cavalcanti, A.L.; Bonan, P.R.F.; Oliveira, J.A. Accessibility to Specialized Public Oral Health Services from the Perspective of Brazilian Users. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 1026.

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