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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 452-457

A three-year audit of dental services at primary health care facilities in Gauteng, South Africa: 2017 to 2019

Department of Community Dentistry, School of Dentistry, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

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Prof. Ahmed Bhayat
Department of Community Dentistry, School of Dentistry, University of Pretoria, Pretoria.
South Africa
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jispcd.JISPCD_72_20

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Aim: The aim of this study was to determine the types and trends of dental services offered over 3 months (April, May, and June) every year from 2017 till 2019 at all full-time primary oral health care facilities (POHCFs) in Gauteng Province, South Africa. Materials and Methods: This was a record-based retrospective study. Data were collected from April, May, and June in 2017, 2018, and 2019, from all full-time POHCFs in Gauteng. The data were obtained from the attendance registers at each facility and included the number of patients and personnel and the type and number of procedures performed. Results: A total of 90 POHCFs were included. The number of clinicians remained stable, whereas the mean number of patients per month increased from 587 (2017) to 654 (2019). This resulted in an increase in the mean monthly patient-to-clinician ratio from 376 (2017) to 428 (2019). On average, 459 extractions, 64 restorations, and 43 fissure sealants were performed monthly per district. Clinicians treated on average 19 patients per day and on average 15 extractions for every restoration. The mean operator-to-dental assistant ratio was 1.3:1. Conclusion: Although there were differences in the types of services rendered and the workloads of clinicians across the province, a significant increase was observed in the number of patients over the study period. The most common services rendered were extractions and the extraction-to-restoration ratio was fairly high. Managers need to carry out regular audits to ensure that the facilities are operating optimally.

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