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Epidemiologia e Serviços de Saúde

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CASCAES, Andreia Morales; DOTTO, Lara  and  BOMFIM, Rafael Aiello. Trends in the dental surgeon workforce in Brazil 2007-2014: a time series study using data from the National Registry of Health Services. Epidemiol. Serv. Saúde [online]. 2018, vol.27, n.1, e201723615.  Epub Mar 05, 2018. ISSN 2237-9622.


the objective was to analyze trends in the dental surgeon workforce in Brazil between 2007 and 2014.


this is a time series study using data from the Brazilian National Register of Health Establishments and the Brazilian National Institute of Geography and Statistics. Prais-Winsten generalized linear regression was used to estimate time trends and to calculate the annual percent change in the dental surgeon workforce over the period.


the number of dental surgeons working as general practitioners and as specialists grew on average by 12.7% and 17.3% per annum, respectively; dental surgeon workforce expansion in relation to general practitioners (0.5%) and specialists (11.6%) was lower in the public sector, compared to the private sector (24.5% and 30.3%, respectively).


the number of dental surgeons in Brazil is high, although they are not equally distributed between both sectors. This may imply barriers to dental care access in Brazil.

Keywords : Labor Force; Dental Staff; Time Series Studies.

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