October 18, 2020

Teledentistry: Increasing Utilisation of Oral-health Services for Children in Rural Areas

Many children in rural areas receive teledentistry consultation before receiving treatment and follow-up care at a specialty dentistry clinic. However, little is known about what factors impact how often these children utilize follow-up oral health services.

This article describes a study that examined 144 children living in rural New York who underwent a teledentistry consultation and subsequently received treatment in a specialty dental clinic in 2015-2016 to explore associations between utilization of follow up care and factors such as patient characteristics, treatment recommendations, case-management services, and timeliness of treatment.

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