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Journal of IMAB - Annual Proceeding (Scientific Papers)
Publisher: Peytchinski, Gospodin Iliev
ISSN: 1312 773X (Online)
Issue: 2012, vol. 18, book 2
Subject Collection: Oral and Dental Medicine
Pages: 181-187
DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2012182.181
Published online: 09 April 2012

J of IMAB 2012; 18(2):181-187
Lydia Katrova, Krassimir Tzokov
Department of Public health, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Medical University, Sofia, Bulgaria

The purpose of this study was to show the leading  trends in dental practice and dental profession development after two decades of transition.
Materials and methods: A systematic review of data was performed including  analysis of secondary statistical data and benchmarking data from relevant publications.
Results: The meta-analysis found that: The dentists/patients ratio decreased steadily; The dental surgeries’ development, in terms of new equipment, is observed; The use of support staff increased from 1996 to 2001, and decreased as on 2011; The utilization of dental services, compared to EU level is going down; The disproportion between new technologies implementation and lack of trained support staff utilization was evidenced; Long-term trend toward general versus specialize care was demonstrated
Conclusions: The extensive growth and irregular distribution of dental practices, along with the decrease of the dental services’ utilization shape the portrait of the dental profession and dental practice in Bulgaria by the end of the first decade of 21 century.

Key words: dental practice, dental practitioner, dental service utilization, dental staff, professional status.

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Please cite this article as: Katrova L, Tzokov Kr. Current status of the dental practice in Bulgaria. Meta-analysis. J of IMAB. 2012; 18(2):181-187. doi: 10.5272/jimab.2012182.181

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Accepted for publication: 03 November 2011
Issue published online: 09 April 2012

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