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Practice Survey Suggests Fall In Patient Numbers

Practice Survey Suggests Fall In Patient Numbers

18th Oct 17

Summary —

The latest edition of the Australian Dental Practice Business Conditions Survey covering the first quarter of FY2017-18 provides sentiment that nation-wide the sustained growth in patient numbers has come to a halt.

Key Issues For The Dental Industry —

In order to allow businesses to make informed decisions about their direction, the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) publishes a range of reports on the Australian market for dental products.  It’s in that context that the ADIA Bite Magazine Dental Practice Business Conditions Survey is published, a document that provides sentiment on key drivers of demand within dental practices.

The ADIA Bite Magazine Dental Practice Business Conditions Survey is the nation’s only quarterly report that analyses and interprets data to provide insights into the actual experiences of dental practices.  This report is valued by stakeholders from across the dental community as it stands alone in providing a timely assessment of business conditions within dental practices

This edition of the survey reports on the actual business conditions within dental practices for the first quarter of FY2017-18 and notes the following sentiment:

 

Index:
Reading:

Actual Number Of Patients Seen Index
47.6 (Previous Quarter 64.5)

 

Measure:

This index provides an assessment of sentiment on whether the number of patients seen over the past three months within a practice increased, decreased or stayed the same compared to the previous quarter.

 

Assessment:

Sentiment that the number of patients was stable (with a slight decline)

   
   

Index:
Reading:

Actual Number Of First Time Visits Index
50.3 (Previous Quarter 59.8)

 

Measure:

This index provides an assessment of sentiment on whether the number of patients visiting a practice for the first time over the quarter increased, decreased or stayed the same compared to the previous quarter. 

 

Assessment:

Sentiment that the number of first time visits was stable.

   
   

Index:
Reading:

Actual Dental Product Purchases
43.7 (Previous Quarter 61.0) 

 

Measure:

This index provides an assessment of sentiment on whether the volume of products purchased from dental product suppliers increased, decreased or stayed the same compared to the previous quarter.

 

Assessment:

Sentiment of a minor decrease in dental product purchases.

   

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This data is designed to provide guidance on the sentiment within dental practices which has been identified as a useful way for practices owners and managers to assess whether the business conditions that they are experiencing are broadly in-line with sector-wide sentiment.  The data is also of value to dental product manufacturers and suppliers to understand the business conditions that their clients are experiencing.

Dental Products Survey Information —


ADIA Bite Magazine Dental Practice Survey - Download current edition for free
ADIA Bite Magazine Dental Practice Survey - Survey methodology


The data collected to provide this report was collected via an online survey over two weeks from 3 October 2017 that was completed by 281 respondents in practices nation-wide.  The ADIA - Bite Magazine Dental Practice Business Conditions Survey is just one of many ADIA’s publications that analyse the market for dental products.  For information on other market analysis visit the ADIA website.

Member engagement —

ADIA provides leadership, strategy, advocacy and support. Our members set our agenda, fund our activities and directly benefit from the results.  With respect to the market research published by ADIA, representatives of member businesses serving on the ADIA-MSPC Market Statistics Projects Committee provide advice and guidance to the national office team responsible for managing the research projects.

Currency & Disclaimer —

This update was issued on 18 October 2017 and please note that changes in circumstances after the publication of material or information may impact upon its accuracy and also change regulatory compliance obligations. The statements, regulatory and technical information contained herein are believed to be accurate and are provided for information purposes only. Readers are responsible for assessing its relevance and verifying the accuracy of the content. To the fullest extent permitted by law, ADIA will not be liable for any loss, damage, cost or expense incurred in relation to or arising as a result of relying on the information presented here. 


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