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Title: Access to Dental Care for a Selected Group of Children and Adolescents with ASD
Authors: Abbasnezhad-Ghadi, Banafsheh
Advisor: Lawrence, Herenia P.
Department: Dentistry
Keywords: ASD
autism spectrum disorder
Issue Date: 21-Jul-2010
Abstract: Objectives: 1) to determine if children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) encounter difficulties accessing dental, 2) to identify barriers that diminish access to dental care for this population. Methods: This descriptive study is based on a web-survey conducted at the Geneva Centre for Autism in Toronto between November 2008 and March 2009. Forty-nine multiple choice questions including open-ended fields were developed. Parents of children with ASD (ages 5–18) completed the survey. Results: The majority of participants visited a dentist regularly (71%) and had private dental insurance (64%). Parents/caregivers were more likely to have difficulties finding a dentist as unmarried parents (OR=3.7, P=0.075) or when their level of education was high school/less (OR=10.4, P=0.043). Conclusions: The majority of children/adolescents with ASD had access to dental care. Difficulties accessing dental care were related to family structure, parents’ education and their perception of dentists’ knowledge of ASD.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24524
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Faculty of Dentistry - Master theses

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