Shrestha, B. (2022). Innovative methodology to guide planning of dental workforce distribution: A GIS-based study in Nepal. Community Dental Health, 39(1), 27–32. https://doi.org/10.1922/CDH_00024Shrestha06
Innovative methodology to guide planning of dental workforce distribution : a GIS-based study in Nepal
|Author:||Shrestha, Barsha1; Karki, Saujanya2; Kruger, Estie1;|
1School of Human Sciences, University of Western Australia, Australia
2Research Unit of Oral Health Sciences, University of Oulu, Finland
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|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2022122273248
British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry,
|Publish Date:|| 2022-12-22
Objectives: To build a predictive model based on the distribution pattern of dentists and population in selective districts of Nepal. Method: Cross-sectional descriptive study conducted using secondary data from the census report and available dentist data of Nepal. Population data were obtained from the most recently available census. For dentists’ data, a literature search was carried out in the databases such as PubMed, Google scholar, One Search and Medline. All data were extracted from the integrated database in the Geographic Information System (GIS), and a predictive model was built.
Results: Overall, there was an uneven distribution of dentists in Nepal. When the distribution of dentists was compared with the population clusters, it was found that the slope of the population growth was below or equal to (≤) 20,000 for three provinces (2, 6, and 7), which means that lower numbers of dentists are available with respect to population density in these provinces. The slope was above 50,000 for province 3, and the number of dentists was almost half of the total nationwide. The number of dentists correlated with population clusters.
Conclusions: There are substantial disparities in the distribution of dentists in Nepal. Dentists were distributed relative to higher population clusters and were unevenly distributed. The Nepal government should make necessary arrangements to address the need for the human workforce in resource-limited settings. The methods used in this study could be applied globally, as the data used are available for most countries.
Community dental health
|Pages:||27 - 32|
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A1 Journal article – refereed
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