Presentation: ADVOCATE presenting two papers at iHEA World Congress 2019

The ADVOCATE Team will present two papers at the International Health Associaton World Congress 2019, 13 – 17th July 2019. The first paper explores the development of a planning model for the Oral Health Workforce, while the second paper examines the correlation between the exposure to X-Rays and the dentist’s remuneration.

Needs-based planning for the oral health workforce – development of a planning model

Successful health workforce planning is critical to the sustainability of a healthcare system as it encompasses the delivery of the right care, in the right place, at the right time, by the right number of people, to those most in need. While many health system policymakers recognise the need to better plan human resources, most countries across the globe have struggled to successfully develop and implement health workforce planning models which are fit for purpose. Using a conceptual framework for health needs-based workforce planning ADVOCATE systematically structured a simulation model to illustrate the feasibility of establishing a useful, workable, oral health needs-based workforce planning simulation tool.

Switching the Dentist: Does Patients’ Exposure to X-Rays Depend on Dentist Remuneration?

Medical radiography is associated with a radiation risk for patients. Xrays are recommended to be used only if the patient’s benefits exceed the risks, that is only upon the strict clinical indication. Current dental clinical guidelines in Scotland indicate that dental X-rays should not be part of routine screening. This includes patients visiting a new dentist, especially when a previous dentist has already undertaken intraoral X-rays. The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of dental remuneration on the probability of a patient receiving a dental radiograph when switching to a new dentist.

See the IHEA website for more information on the conference: https://www.healtheconomics.org/page/2019Basel

Session title: Extracting Better Value Instead of Teeth: The Economics of Preventing and Managing Dental Diseases

  • Presentation a) Needs-based planning for the oral health workforce – development of a planning model.
  • Presentation b) Switching the Dentist: Does Patients’ Exposure to X-Rays Depend on Dentist Remuneration?