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A validation and cost-analysis study of a targeted school-based dental check-up intervention: children's dental program

Nguyen, Tan, Christian, Bradley, Koshy, Sajeev and Morgan, Michael V. 2020, A validation and cost-analysis study of a targeted school-based dental check-up intervention: children's dental program, Children, vol. 7, no. 12, pp. 1-15, doi: 10.3390/children7120257.

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Title A validation and cost-analysis study of a targeted school-based dental check-up intervention: children's dental program
Author(s) Nguyen, Tan
Christian, Bradley
Koshy, Sajeev
Morgan, Michael V.
Journal name Children
Volume number 7
Issue number 12
Article ID 257
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2020
ISSN 2227-9067
2227-9067
Keyword(s) ADOLESCENTS
CARIES
costs and cost analysis
dental care for children
FLUORIDE VARNISH
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
oral health
ORAL-HEALTH
Pediatrics
preventive health services
school health services
Science & Technology
SEALANT PROGRAMS
Summary Background:
Limited evidence exists to inform best practice approaches to implement school-based dental screening to address child retention via referral for dental services. This research tested the null hypothesis that a targeted school-based dental check-up program (intervention) has a 75% child retention rate for public dental care (H0 = 0.75).
Methods:
A prospective non-randomised controlled trial was conducted with a convenience sampling approach in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia. Children in the intervention group were recruited from two preschools and two primary schools from a low socioeconomic area. Children in the standard care group were recruited from the local public dental service. Statistical analysis was performed using Stata IC Version 12. Results:
Children in the intervention (45%) were significantly less likely to have never had a dental check-up compared to standard care (20%) (p < 0.001). There was no significant difference for the child retention rate for the intervention group when compared against the null hypothesis (p = 0.954). The total society costs were AU$754.7 and AU$612.2 for the intervention and standard care groups, respectively (p = 0.049).
Conclusions:
This validation study provides evidence that a targeted school-based dental check-up program can achieve a 75% child retention rate and should be considered for program expansion
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/children7120257
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HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30151912

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