The Capitation Study. 2. Does capitation encourage more prevention?

M. A. Lennon, H. V. Worthington, P. Coventry, A. C. Mellor, P. J. Holloway

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    The results of a 3-year parallel, controlled clinical trial comparing a capitation system of payment for the dental care of children with fee-for-service, showed that capitation offered dentists more clinical freedom. Dentists in capitation used this to provide more preventive care, particularly advice to parents on the control of dental disease in their children. In contrast, few fissure sealants were placed and few topical fluoride applications were made under either system. However, parents in both systems were satisfied with the preventive service their children received and were confident of their ability to control their children's dental disease. The effect of this increased preventive activity was not yet apparent within the period of the study.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)213-215
    Number of pages2
    JournalBritish Dental Journal
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 1990


    • Adolescent
    • Capitation Fee
    • Child
    • economics: Child Health Services
    • Child, Preschool
    • Clinical Trials as Topic
    • economics: Dental Care
    • prevention & control: Dental Caries
    • Fees and Charges
    • Fees, Dental
    • therapeutic use: Fluorides
    • Great Britain
    • Humans
    • Oral Hygiene
    • therapeutic use: Pit and Fissure Sealants
    • Random Allocation


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