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Baseline projection of requirements for dental health manpower in Thailand (1995-2015 AD.)
Department of Community Dentistry, Mahidol University.
Department of Community Dentistry, Khon Kaen University.
Department of Community Dentistry, Mahidol University .
1997 (English)In: Human Resource for Health Development Journal, Vol. 1, no 1, 24-34 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study is intended to compare the dental health personnel supply to the requirement in each 5-year interval from 1995 to 2015. The dental health personnel supply was calculated by subtracting the annual personnel loss from the current active personnel plus the annual personnel production. The results show that there will be 10,100 dentists and 7,718 dental nurses in supply in the year 2015. The personnel requirement was calculated using 3 different techniques; the population ratio technique, the FDI/WHO technique, and the system dynamics technique. The dental personnel to population ratio of 1:5,000 was used to calculate the personnel requirement in the population ratio technique. The FDI/WHO and the system dynamics techniques calculated the personnel requirement by converting the need for service into the need for personnel. While the FDI/WHO technique calculated the need for service based on the lifetime of care for each age cohort, the system dynamics technique calculated the need for service which changed with the alternations in the input factors such as the socioeconomics of the population, the trend of oral diseases, and the structure of health care system. From these three techniques, the requirement for dentists ranges from 8,920 to 9,748 and for dental nurses ranges from 3,046 to 10,974. The results show that in the year 2015, the supply of dentists exceeds the requirement regardless of what technique is used. Similarly, the supply of dental nurses is higher than the requirement when the calculations are done using the population ratio technique and the system dynamics technique. However, the dental nurses will be in shortage according to the FDI/WHO technique. The reason for this different outcome is that dental nurses in the FDI/WHO technique provide health promotion and health education services as well as preventive and simple curative services; while in the other two techniques they provide only preventive and simple curative treatment.

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1997. Vol. 1, no 1, 24-34 p.
Keyword [en]
dental health manpower, human resources for dental health, dental personnel requirement, dental personnel supply
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Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
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Public Health Care Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-11848OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-11848DiVA: diva2:506096
Available from: 2012-02-27 Created: 2012-02-27 Last updated: 2012-11-22Bibliographically approved

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