Public health costs of emergency department (ERs) visits for dental-related conditions in British Columbia
Objectives: With all the available MSP billing from BC in regards to dental-related emergency visits, we will select two of the busiest emergency rooms (ERs) in each of the six health authorities and conduct a cross-sectional study on dental-related emergencies between April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2012 to map out the characteristics of these ER visits (e.g., diagnosis given, age distribution, gender); and to conduct an initial cost-effectiveness analysis of these ER visits.
What are the most common dental-related conditions of those visiting ERs in the past 3 years?
From this number, how many were trauma-related and how many were not?
What are the characteristics of those individuals seeking dental emergency care at ERs?
What is the financial impact of these ER visits to the health care system in BC?