ORIGINAL ARTICLE
J Korean Acad Pediatr Dent. 2012;39(4): 373-382.
A STUDY ON THE CHANGES IN PATIENT DISTRIBUTION AND PRACTICE PATTERN FOR LAST 8 YEARS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY OF CHONNAM NATIONAL UNIVERSITY DENTAL HOSPITAL
Jeong-Min Son, Seon-Mi Kim, Nam-Ki Choi
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Chonnam National University
Corresponding Author: Nam-Ki Choi ,Tel: 062-530-5668, Email: nkchoi@chonnam.ac.kr
Received: May 20, 2012;  Accepted: October 30, 2012.
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ABSTRACT
The purpose of this study was to understand the change of demands in young patients and to suggest a directional shift for the pediatric dental practitioners who are facing these changes. This study collected data on new patients who had visited Chonnam National University Dental Hospital, Department of Pediatric Dentistry from 2003 to 2010 and the researchers were able to find out the following information. Total number of dental visits has been increasing since 2009 and 2010, which includes an increase of male patients in the 13~15 years age group showed significant increase and that in the 3~4 years age group showed a significant decrease. December showed the largest number of total dental visits, of which 69.6% of newly visit patients were living in Gwang-ju. Patients who had systemic diseases were 10.7% of total newly visit patients and 19.1% of patients received sedative treatment. Considering the chief complaints of new patients, 36% of patients visited because of dental caries. Regarding the dental treatment of patients, 38.4% had restoration treatment in 2003 and 30.4% had restoration treatment in 2010.
Keywords: First-visit patient | Chief-complaint | Treatment status
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