The objective of the present study was to determine attendance pattern as a factor influencing service pattern. Retrospective study and the study setting was the general hospital in Edo State Nigeria; 33,331 patients attendance in a non-confidential retrospective cumulative record of the General Hospital practice register. Patient and visit factors are known to influence service pattern and appropriateness of care delivery. Wide range of factors in addition to oral health, contribute to variation in service provision of which age and gender as part of patients demography are major factors. The findings from this study serve as a population estimate both in volume and gender and in addition provide an empirical guide for a planned, high, medium and low level oral health intervention for oral health policy making. Results therefore revealed peak attendance in 1995-1996; 21-30 year old as the dominant subscribers 17345 (52.04%); gender issues showed females 18687 (56.06%) the dominant subscribers.
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I.U. Madukwe, 2006. Documented Dental Attendance Pattern by Number, Age and Sex in a General Hospital in Nigeria: A Ten-year Retrospective Study. Journal of Biological Sciences, 6: 1138-1140.