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Access to Dental Care for Persons with Developmental Disabilities in OntarioFULL TEXT
• Anjani Koneru, DMD, MSc, FRCD(C) •
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Methods: Community organizations providing services mainly to persons with developmental disabilities in Ontario were recruited to circulate a questionnaire to their members by mail or the Internet. Fourteen organizations mailed out a total of 1,755 paper questionnaires in autumn 2006, of which 420 (23.9%) were returned; in addition, 236 Internet questionnaires were returned.
Results: Of the 656 paper and Internet responses, 634 were deemed valid. Most of the respondents had developmental disabilities. Almost three-quarters of respondents (464 [73.2%] ) reported being able to access dental services in Ontario. Personal (internal) factors were more likely to represent barriers to dental care than external factors.
Conclusions: The majority of persons with disabilities and most caregivers believed that oral health is important for overall health.
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