Title of article :
The oral health park: a new experience in delivering preventive services in Iran
قيصري ، شاهرخ نويسنده , , گلكاري، علي نويسنده Assistant Professor, Department of Dental Public Health, School of Dentistry, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz Golkari, Ali
Issue Information :
دوفصلنامه با شماره پیاپی 0 سال 2012
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Effective and acceptable preventive dental services are hard to achieve in conjunction with
treatment services. The Oral Health Office of Fars Province in Iran established the Oral Health Park in a deprived part
of the city of Shiraz to attract families and school children to receive preventive services. No other treatment was
provided in the setting. The aim of this study was to compare the number and the cost-efficiency of preventive dental
services provided in such settings with those of other dental care settings in which preventive services are provided in
conjunction with treatment services.
METHODS: The Oral Health Park and its activities were closely monitored for three years. Data on the number of
provided services and their costs were compared with available data on other state settings.
RESULTS: From 2008 to 2011, more than 6000 children from about 3200 families used the Oral Health Park’s free
services. The number of preventive services provided in the Park was tens of times more than similar clinical settings in
which both preventive and treatment services were provided. At the same time, the cost of each process provided in the
Park was, in average, a quarter of a similar process in other clinics.
CONCLUSIONS: The oral health policy in developing countries such as Iran should move towards establishment of
settings in which only preventive dental services are provided for a more effective and cost efficient approach.
Journal title :
Journal of Oral Health and Oral Epidemiology