Dental care access among individuals with Down syndrome: a Malaysian scenario

Farah S alwa Abdul Rahim, Alizae Marny Fadzlin Syed Mohamed, Murshida Marizan Nor, Roslan Saub

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to assess the legal representatives' perceptions on dental care access of individuals with Down syndrome (DS) compared to their non-DS siblings in Peninsular Malaysia.

METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted throughout community-based rehabilitation centers (CBRC) and the Down Syndrome Organization. Legal representatives of individuals with DS within the criteria were given a structured and validated questionaire.

RESULT: This study demonstrated that individuals with DS (76.9%) significantly utilized more health services than non-DS siblings (23.1%). The service most regularly used was speech therapy followed by opthalmology and dental services. Twenty-five per cent of respondents reported difficulty in finding dental care services for their DS child and 46.9% admitted that healthcare for their DS child took more time. The majority of DS individuals received less complex dental treatment and none received any orthodontic treatment, despite their severe occlusal problems.

CONCLUSION: A high proportion of parents appear to be able to access dental and medical care for their DS child. However, some parents perceived difficulty in finding oral healthcare.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)999-1004
Number of pages6
JournalActa Odontologica Scandinavica
Volume72
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Dental Care
Down Syndrome
Siblings
Tooth
Cross-Sectional Studies
Parents
Delivery of Health Care
Speech Therapy
Rehabilitation Centers
Malaysia
Orthodontics
Health Services
Organizations
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • dental care access
  • Down syndrome
  • health services
  • Malaysia

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  • Medicine(all)

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Dental care access among individuals with Down syndrome : a Malaysian scenario. / Abdul Rahim, Farah S alwa; Syed Mohamed, Alizae Marny Fadzlin; Marizan Nor, Murshida; Saub, Roslan.

In: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica, Vol. 72, No. 8, 01.11.2014, p. 999-1004.

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