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Specialized dental care for people with disabilities in Brazil: profile of specialized dental clinics, 2014




Disabled Persons, Dental Care for Disabled, Health Services, Health Care Quality, Access, and Evaluation, Cross-Sectional Studies


Objective. To analyze the specialized services of oral health care for people with disabilities, attended by the specialty of Special Care Dentistry (SCD). Methods. A cross-sectional study with data from the Program for Improving Access and Quality of Dental Specialties Centers (PMAQ-CEO), 2014. Results. A total of 932 services were evaluated: 89.8% did have SCD, 30.4% had physical accessibility, 59.7% had reference to hospital care and most guaranteed complete treatment. Only a third of the CEOs offered 40 hours per week of SCD. Conclusion. The network of care for people with disabilities is being formed, and even with specific financial incentives, has limitations. Services need to eliminate physical and attitudinal barriers to ensure universal accessibility. Protocols based on risk classification are necessary, prioritizing the attendance in the CEO of the complex cases, not attended in the primary care and organizing the dental health care network of the people with disabilities.


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