Characteristics of Patients Discontinuing Care
AbstractObjectives: Due to lower fees, dental school clinics (DSCs) may provide dental care for vulnerable populations. This study evaluates factors associated with patients deciding to discontinue care at a DSC. Methods: This is a retrospective analysis of a patient transfer form that was implemented to smooth transition of a patient when their student provider graduated. Forms provided deidentified information about characteristics and unmet dental needs. Descriptive and bivariate statistics were used to identify associations between patient characteristics and deciding to continue treatment in the student practice. Results: Of 1894 patients, 73.4% continued care. Financial limitations were most commonly reported as the reason for discontinuing care (30.1%). Patients speaking a language other than English or who had reported financial barriers were significantly less likely to continue care. Conclusions: Dental school patients from vulnerable groups are more likely to discontinue care. Dental schools should implement programs that will assist patients in maintaining a dental home. View Full-Text
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Simon, L.; Singh Dhaliwal, G.; Liu, C.-H.J.; Sharma, P.; Thomas, S.; Bettag, S.; Weber, K.G.; Timothé, P.; Nalliah, R.P. Characteristics of Patients Discontinuing Care. Dent. J. 2019, 7, 31.
Simon L, Singh Dhaliwal G, Liu C-HJ, Sharma P, Thomas S, Bettag S, Weber KG, Timothé P, Nalliah RP. Characteristics of Patients Discontinuing Care. Dentistry Journal. 2019; 7(2):31.Chicago/Turabian Style
Simon, Lisa; Singh Dhaliwal, Gurmukh; Liu, Chieh-Han J.; Sharma, Pranshu; Thomas, Shernel; Bettag, Sarah; Weber, Katherine G.; Timothé, Peggy; Nalliah, Romesh P. 2019. "Characteristics of Patients Discontinuing Care." Dent. J. 7, no. 2: 31.
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