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Utilisation of Dental Services by Refugees in Germany: Results of the Population-Based RESPOND Survey

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Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Maren Hintermeier, Louise Biddle, Claudia Hövener, Nora Gottlieb

In: Journal of Health Monitoring 9 (2024), S1, 10 S.


Background: The utilisation of outpatient dental services is an important indicator for monitoring healthcare provision in Germany. In the general population, the 12-month prevalence of dental service utilization is 82.2%. For refugees, this indicator has hardly been measured, although studies suggest an objectively high need for dental care. Methodology: As part of the population-based cross-sectional RESPOND study (2018), self-reported health and healthcare, including the use of dental services, was assessed in three representative, random samples of refugees residing in reception and shared accommodation centres in Baden-Württemberg and Berlin. Results: The indicator was available for 68.8% (594) of the 863 surveyed refugees. Overall, 38.2% of the respondents stated that they had utilised dental services in the previous 12 months, whereas 41.4% had never used any dental care in Germany. Conclusions: The utilisation of dental services among refugees is very low compared to the level of utilisation in the general population. It reflects a discrepancy between access and needs

Louise Biddle

Research Associate in the German Socio-Economic Panel study Department

Topics: Migration, Health

Keywords: health monitoring, refugees, survey, utilisation, dental care