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Tandartsbezoek en de oudere patiënt

(2017) Ebens, O.E.J.

People are getting older. Healthy aging and longer living at home is the objective in healthcare and politics. This study looked at the rapidly growing group of independently living elderly people and the factors that affect their dental visit. A questionnaire was sent to 308 patients in a general practice. The response rate was 53%. The study population was satisfied with the accessibility of the dental practice. The majority of the study population regularly came for inspection at the dentist. Impeding factors were mainly patient associated, namely: motivation, complaint motivated dental visit, planning and making of appointments, dentate status, having an additional insurance and whether to respond to a recall. Patients with additional dental insurance visited the dentist significantly more frequent. With an active recall policy, the attendance rate is likely to be increased.

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