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Cadernos de Saúde Pública
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GOES, Paulo Sávio Angeiras de et al. Evaluation of secondary care in oral health: a study of specialty clinics in Brazil. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2012, vol.28, suppl., pp.s81-s89. ISSN 0102-311X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2012001300009.
This article discusses the evaluation of secondary care in the area of health surveillance. This was a descriptive and normative/evaluative study. Performance analysis drew on secondary data, based on a historical series of dental procedures conducted at the specialized dental clinics implemented in Brazil and recorded by the Outpatient Information System of the Unified National Health System (SIA/SUS) in 2007, as well as primary data from site visits to the clinics, based on questionnaires completed by clinic staff. Performance of the clinics was poor in most regions of the country, and the North of Brazil had the lowest percentage of specialty services implemented. The indicator "Performance of Secondary Care in Oral Health" was 64.4%. The type 3 specialty clinics showed better results in terms of performance and achievement of targets. The study showed the need to review the legal framework for implementing specialized dental clinics by adjusting the criteria and norms, as well as definition of new standards for achievement of goals in the evaluation and monitoring of these services.
Keywords : Health Services Evaluation; Dental Health Services; Dental Specialties; Oral Health.