DEMOGRAPHICS OF ORTHODONTISTS IN ISLAMABAD AND RAWALPINDI DIVISION
Objective: To determine the orthodontist/population ratio, number of dentists undergoing orthodontic training and to establish a baseline for orthodontic demographics in the region of Islamabad and Rawalpindi Division.
Materials and Methods: Identification of the population statistics and the number of the orthodontists available in the region of Islamabad and Rawalpindi Division.
Result: The population of this region is increasing but the orthodontic manpower for it is not sufficient and the Orthodontist:Population Ratio is low.
Discussion: To date in Islamabad and Rawalpindi Division the appropriate manpower level has yet to be established. Manpower is difficult to forecast and is affected by many factors. Population projections are difficult to predict and we have to rely on assumptions pertaining to trends in fertility, mortality and migration. Interpretation of these trends however must be approached with caution.
Conclusion: There is need of more orthodontists and orthodontic training institutes to meet the population demand in this region.