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ArtikelEvaluating the Effect of Usual Source of Dental Care on Access to Dental Services: Comparisons among Diverse Populations  
Oleh: Davidson, Pamela L. ; Cunningham, William E. ; Nakazono, Terry T. ; Andersen, Ronald M.
Jenis: Article from Journal - ilmiah internasional
Dalam koleksi: Medical Care Research and Review vol. 56 no. 1 (Mar. 1999), page 74-93.
Topik: Study of Oral Health Outcomes USA
Fulltext: 74MCR56.1.pdf (74.5KB)
Isi artikelData collected from the International Collaborative Study of Oral Health Outcomes USA (ICS-II) research locations were used to evaluate the relationship between having a usual source of dental care (USDC) and access to dental services. The robustness of the USDCeffect after reducing simultaneity bias was tested in the population-based samples using sensitivity analysis. Logistic regression results provided evidence that USDC was the strongest and most consistent predictor of a dental visit in the past 12 months regardless of geographic location, dental care delivery system, or cultural diversity of the population. Even after removing cases that had aUSDCfor less than 1 or 2 years, the effect remained. From a policy perspective, USDC remains critical to understanding and explaining dental care utilization patterns. The findings suggest the need for designing interventions to increase the availability of a regular provider among vulnerable populations.
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