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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 17  |  Page : 128-132

Types of patients, disease pattern, felt needs and services Provided to patients attending community dental camps

Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, Kanti Devi Dental College and HospitaMathura, India

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Objective: To find the type of patients, disease pattern, felt needs, and services provided to patients attending dental camps conducted in Mathura city. Material and Methods: The present study was an observational study done among the subjects who have attended dental camps conducted in three different geographical locations. The data regarding their socio-demographic characteristics, felt needs, disease pattern and services provided in dental camps was collected using pretested proforma. Descriptive statistics was used to describe the data. Results: The patients who visited dental camps were males (54.5%) and females (45.5%), most of them were of age-group 15-34 years, were illiterate, unemployed and distance of camp site from their residence was within 1-km. Dental caries (41%), Gingivitis (27%) and Periodontitis (25%) were commonly observed disease patterns. Most common felt need of patient was pain, dirty-teeth and decay tooth. The services provided were oral-prophylaxis (47%), restoration (26%), referral (18%) and extraction (9%). Conclusion: It was observed from the present study that an effective and successful community outreach programmes, should include those services tailored to the felt needs of the people of the locality.

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