Willingness to pay for osteoporosis risk assessment in primary dental care

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Willingness to pay for osteoporosis risk assessment in primary dental care
Author Christell, Helena ; Gullberg, Joanna ; Nilsson, Kenneth ; Olofsson, Sofia Heidari ; Lindh, Christina ; Davidson, Thomas
Date 2019
English abstract
Background: Fragility fracture related to osteoporosis among postmenopausal women is a significant cause of morbidity. The care and aftercare of these fractures are associated with substantial costs to society. A main problem is that many individuals suffer from osteoporosis without knowing it before a fracture happens. Dentists may have an important role in early identification of individuals with osteoporosis by assessment of dental radiographs already included in the dental examination. The aim of this study was therefore to investigate postmenopausal women's preferences for an osteoporosis risk assessment in primary dental care. Results: Most respondents (129 of 144 (90%)) were willing to pay for an osteoporosis risk assessment in primary dental care. The overall mean willingness to pay (WTP) including respondents that denoted none or zero WTP was 44.60 Euro (CI 95% 38.46-50.74 Euro) (median 34.75 Euro). A majority (80.6%) of the respondents that denoted WTP also gave a motivation for their answer. The two most common reasons denoted for being willing to pay for osteoporosis risk assessment were the importance of early diagnosis and preventive care to avoid fractures (41.0%) and the importance of knowledge of a risk of osteoporosis (26.4%). A majority of respondents (67.8%) considered it valuable if dental clinics would offer osteoporosis risk assessment. Conclusions: Postmenopausal women seem to find it valuable to be offered osteoporosis risk assessment in primary dental care and are willing to pay for such a risk assessment. From a societal perspective early diagnosis of osteoporosis by risk assessment in primary dental care could prevent osteoporotic related fractures and benefit women's health and quality of life, as well as have a major impact on the health-care budget in terms of cost-savings.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1186/s13561-019-0232-z (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Link https://healtheconomicsreview.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13561-019-0232-z .Icon
Publisher BioMed Central
Host/Issue Health Economics Review;1
Volume 9
ISSN 2191-1991
Language eng (iso)
Subject Dental clinics
Health economics
Medico economic
Osteoporosis
Patient acceptance of health care
willingness to pay
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
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