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TRENDS IN THE GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION OF DENTISTS IN MALAYSIA FROM 2015 TO 2019.

ZI SHAN LOW.

Abstract
Objective: With the increase of dental institutions and number of dentists of dentists in Malaysia, this study
aimed to investigate the distribution of population and dentists in each state and determine if there is an
improvement in the geographical distribution of dentists in Malaysia from the year 2015 to 2019.
Methods: This study collected the population data from the Department of Statistics Malaysia and, the number
of dentists in public and private sectors from the Malaysian Dental Council website. The population of dentists
per 100,000 population and the increase in this number is calculated year by year for each state. Lorenz curves
and Gini coefficients were used to assess the distribution of dentists from 2015 to 2019.
Results: The total population of Malaysia increased by 1.34 million while the total number of dentists increased
from 6,348 to 10,801 from 2015 to 2019. The Gini coefficient in 2015 (0.211) is the lowest, and increased every
year up to 2019.
Conclusion: It can be observed that there is an unequal distribution of dentists throughout Malaysia. This issue
might continue to deteriorate with time if no action is taken by the policymakers.
Clinical Significance: The result of this study redounds to the benefits of dentists and policymakers. It provides
insights on the geographical inequalities of dental care services in Malaysia and how it changes with time.
Information presented could be of significant value in the initial stages of planning the location of dental clinics
to improve public accessibility of oral healthcare in Malaysia.

Key words: dentists, dental clinics, distribution, Malaysia, population


 
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ZI SHAN LOW. TRENDS IN THE GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION OF DENTISTS IN MALAYSIA FROM 2015 TO 2019.. JCR. 2021; 8(1): 1159-1165. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.01.125


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ZI SHAN LOW. TRENDS IN THE GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION OF DENTISTS IN MALAYSIA FROM 2015 TO 2019.. JCR. 2021; 8(1): 1159-1165. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.01.125



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ZI SHAN LOW. TRENDS IN THE GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION OF DENTISTS IN MALAYSIA FROM 2015 TO 2019.. JCR. (2021), [cited April 18, 2021]; 8(1): 1159-1165. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.01.125



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ZI SHAN LOW (2021) TRENDS IN THE GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION OF DENTISTS IN MALAYSIA FROM 2015 TO 2019.. JCR, 8 (1), 1159-1165. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.01.125



Turabian Style

ZI SHAN LOW. 2021. TRENDS IN THE GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION OF DENTISTS IN MALAYSIA FROM 2015 TO 2019.. Journal of Critical Reviews, 8 (1), 1159-1165. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.01.125



Chicago Style

ZI SHAN LOW. "TRENDS IN THE GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION OF DENTISTS IN MALAYSIA FROM 2015 TO 2019.." Journal of Critical Reviews 8 (2021), 1159-1165. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.01.125



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

ZI SHAN LOW. "TRENDS IN THE GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION OF DENTISTS IN MALAYSIA FROM 2015 TO 2019.." Journal of Critical Reviews 8.1 (2021), 1159-1165. Print. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.01.125



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ZI SHAN LOW (2021) TRENDS IN THE GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION OF DENTISTS IN MALAYSIA FROM 2015 TO 2019.. Journal of Critical Reviews, 8 (1), 1159-1165. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.01.125