Hospitalisations for third molar removals and oral cellulitis: reflecting the inverse care law in Australia

Abed Aktam Anjrini

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Abstract

This thesis investigated two dental conditions in Australia that lead to hospital admissions: removal of impacted wisdom teeth, and oral cellulitis. This research revealed that there is a disproportionately large allocation of resources towards the potentially unnecessary prophylactic removal of asymptomatic impacted third molars concentrated amongst the more affluent sectors
of Australian society. In contrast, oral cellulitis, a potentially fatal condition, was significantly associated with poverty and Indigenous status. This inverse care law situation requires urgent attention of dental health regulators to provide equity of care to all Australians.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date20 May 2018
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018

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