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En ojämlik möjlighet. Kartläggning av forsknings- och utvecklingsarbete inom folktandvården: Research and development (R&D) in the Public Dental Services in Sweden - an unequal opportunity
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Environmental Sciences.
2004 (Swedish)In: TandläkartidningenArticle in journal (Refereed)
Abstract [sv]

Continuous research and development (R&D) is essential to ensure quality in dental care. A recent official report in Sweden suggests that the county councils should be obliged to arrange and support R&D activities in dental care. In this paper, a review of the R&D activities within the Public Dental Services (PDS) in the 21 Swedish counties is presented. Official PDS representatives in each county were contacted by telephone in February and March 2003 and asked questions on the following topics: the organisation of R&D activities, the fields prioritised in R&D, courses arranged in research methodology, research competence, economic matters, and personal comments.



In half of the counties, R&D in the PDS was organised in collaboration with other health services. Few positions in the PDS were in R&D, and those that existed were only part-time posts. Public health matters, prevention, and clinical studies were fields that were commonly prioritised for R&D. Most of the studies published by PDS employees have been performed within specialised dental care.



Competence and knowledge in how to conduct studies are essential for the quality of R&D. Courses in R&D methodology had been arranged in most counties. The number of employees who held a doctoral degree varied from zero (five counties) to over ten (four counties).

Pecuniary resources available for R&D differed considerably (from around 55 EUR to a few hundreds EUR per employee in the different counties). Lower revenues from patient fees were regarded to be the major obstacle to establishing and carrying out R&D activities. How this matter was viewed and handled differed greatly between the counties. At the time of this investigation, a topic of interest in several of them was the future R&D organisation, according to the informants.



It was concluded that the organisation and the preconditions for R&D in the PDS varied greatly between the Swedish counties.

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2004.
Keyword [sv]
Research and development, public dental services, Sweden
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Health Sciences
Research subject
Dental Hygiene
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-18853OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-18853DiVA: diva2:592494
Available from: 2013-01-21 Created: 2013-01-21 Last updated: 2013-01-21

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