CE Hours: 1.5

Seq #: 324 - Worldwide Comparison of Dental Care Systems Performance

Around the globe, there is large variation in the design of dental care systems. But until now little is known about their comparative performance with respect to optimizing population oral health. Understanding which dental care system designs might provide good ‘value for money’ requires both the use of a suitable methodological framework and the availability of meaningful data. This symposium aims to explore and highlight opportunities for understanding the extent to which various dental care system designs contribute to population oral health according to the health economics criteria of efficiency and equity. Leaning on internationally comparative data sources such as those provided by the Global Burden of Disease Study, the World Bank, OECD, the Commonwealth Fund, and the European Commission, our session will scrutinize the extent to which existing data sources provide insights into international variation in oral health outcomes, utilization of dental care, dental expenditures, the oral health workforce, and consumer perceptions on dental care. State-of-the-art health economics and statistical methods for assessing the impact of health systems designs will be showcased with special reference to methods for causal inference. The opportunities of e-health and m-health techniques for data collection and provision of feedback information to oral health care decision makers will be discussed. Eventually the session aims to raise awareness for the need of more harmonized international data which are required to better inform policy makers with regards to oral health care.

Learning Objectives:

  • To gain insights into state-of-the-art methods for evaluating the performance of dental care systems
  • To critically assess the quality of available data sources on oral health and care
  • To understand the extent to which variations in dental care resource inputs are linked with oral health outcomes on the population level

Financial Interest Disclosure: NONE