Special Issue "Social and Environmental Determinants of Oral Health"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2015)
Prof. Dr. Mauro Henrique Nogueira Guimarães de Abreu (Website)
Department of Community and Preventive Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte - Minas Gerais, 31270, Brazil
Interests: oral health epidemiology; quantitative methodology; dental public health
The oral health status of populations involves a complex network of determination. There is evidence in the scientific literature on the importance of social determinants of health and specifically in oral health. The investigation of environmental factors on oral health needs to further progress. Knowledge of these determinants allows us to propose strategies for overcoming inequalities in oral health. This is one of the challenges of today's world. This special issue will examine studies of social and environmental determinants of oral health.
Prof. Dr. Mauro Henrique Nogueira Guimarães de Abreu
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- socioeconomic factors
- oral health
- environmental health
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Author: Birgit Abelsen
Affiliation: Northern Research Institute Alta as, Box 1463, N-9506 Alta, Norway; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel.: +47 78 45 71 14; Fax: +47 78 45 71 01
Abstract: In most countries in which health care is distributed according to the principle of equal access for equal need, we observe extensive public involvement in financing as well as the regulation of providers. In Norway, there is a remarkable contrast when it comes to dentistry. This article inquires as to health policy reasoning to explain why free pricing and free establishment rights remain characteristic features of Norwegian adult dentistry. The public debate following recent suggestions of establishment and pricing regulations is analysed using a critical discourse analysis perspective. This analysis takes into account official documents involved in this specific policy debate as well as the sociocultural context in which these texts are produced and consumed, and the discourse practice level which guides this text’s production and consumption. The analysis shows that free market logic, dentists’ professional status and autonomy arguments came first when the Norwegian government opposed the proposed regulations, while the argument for patient benefit was lost in the process. The powerful positioning of the dentist within the Norwegian oral health care system is seen as being an important factor in explaining the outcome of this debate.