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J Korean Acad Pediatr Dent. 2011;38(1): 25-32.
A STUDY OF NEW-PATIENT DISTRIBUTION AND THE MOTIVES FOR VISITING IN THE DEPARTMENT OF PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY AT SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY DENTAL HOSPITAL
Hyo-Jung Kim, Hong-Keun Hyun, Young-Jae Kim, Jung-Wook Kim, Ki-Taeg Jang, Sang-Hoon Lee, Se-Hyun Hahn, Chong-Chu Kim
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Seoul National University
Corresponding Author: Chong-Chu Kim ,Tel: 02-2072-3819, Email: kimcc@snu.ac.kr
Received: October 17, 2010;  Accepted: December 15, 2010.
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ABSTRACT
The number of patients requesting services of pediatric dental clinics has been steadily increasing in South Korea. The pediatric dental clinics are comprised of hospital-based clinics and local clinics. The purpose of this study was to analyze new-patient distribution and to survey the motives for visiting the department of pediatric dentistry at Seoul National University Dental Hospital(SNUDH), utilizing questionnaires for parents from May to July 2010. The results are as follows: 1. Age distribution showed that 0-3 year-olds formed the largest group of 29.3%. The average age of patients was 6.2 years old. 2. In the surveys for the parents, the major reason for visiting SNUDH was the referral from other clinics(30.6%). 3. The 75% of patients previously visited other clinics before visiting SNUDH. 1) The greater number of patients(52%) visited general practitioner's clinic than pediatric specialists(48%). 2) More than 90% of the patients visited SNUDH after visiting other clinics for reassuring diagnosis and referrals. 3) The crucial deterring factor of being treated at SNUDH was difficult accessibility.
Keywords: Pediatric patient distribution | Motives for visiting
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