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1. A qualitative assessment of dental care access and utilization among the older adult population in the United States.
Match Strength: 8.756

This article presents an in-depth, qualitative assessment of the needs, issues, opportunities, and barriers concerning dental access and availability of oral care among older Americans. For the rapidly aging U.S. population, access and barriers to the provision of dental services were evaluated. The nature and types of services utilized by various segments of this population were examined and the attitudes, opinions, and perceptions of dental professionals regarding the delivery of services were analyzed. From this research, potential opportunities for strategic partnerships between organized ... Read More »
» Published in Gen Dent. 2006 Sep-Oct;54(5):361-5; quiz 366-8.

2. Equity in children's utilization of dental services: effect of a children's dental care programme.
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OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the long term impact on fairness of children's dental care programmes. METHODS: Data were taken from the Health Module of the Spanish Disability Interview Survey in 1999 (n=8,049).The probability of visit to a dentist and the number of visits are estimated with binary logistic models and count data models in order to compare the regions with consolidated dental care programmes, PADI regions, with the rest of Spanish regions. The effects of family income, residential status and living in small village settings on dental care access for both regions are investigated and ... Read More »
» Published in Community Dent Health. 2006 Sep;23(3):152-7.

3. Dental check-up frequency: preferences of Dutch patients.
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OBJECTIVE: In 1995, the requirement to visit the dentist for a check-up every six months in The Netherlands was replaced by the obligation to get a routine examination no more than once a year. The aim of this study was to determine patients' opinions about this change in policy, and to assess their preferences regarding frequency and content of regular dental check-up visits. Possible associations between patients' preferences for regular dental check-ups and a number of antecedent variables, such as dental attitudes, were examined as well. BASIC RESEARCH DESIGN: Patients' preferences for ... Read More »
» Published in Community Dent Health. 2006 Sep;23(3):133-9.

4. Practice characteristics associated with patient-specific receipt of dental diagnostic radiographs.
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OBJECTIVE: To quantify the role of practice characteristics in patient-specific receipt of dental diagnostic radiographic services. DATA SOURCE/STUDY SETTING: Florida Dental Care Study (FDCS). Study Design. The FDCS was a 48-month prospective observational cohort study of community-dwelling adults. Participants' dentists were asked to complete a questionnaire about their practice characteristics. DATA COLLECTION/EXTRACTION METHODS: In-person interviews and clinical examinations were conducted at baseline, 24, and 48 months, with 6-monthly telephone interviews in between. A single multivariate ... Read More »
» Published in Health Serv Res. 2006 Oct;41(5):1915-37.

5. Comparison of medication adherence and associated health care costs after introduction of pioglitazone treatment in African Americans versus all other races in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: a retrospective data analysis.
Match Strength: 3.967

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare treatment adherence and health care costs in African Americans versus all other races (All Others) in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus starting treatment with pioglitazone. METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study, the North Carolina Medicaid database was used (query dates: July 1, 2000, to June 30, 2003). Using at least 1 code from the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification for type 2 diabetes (250.xx) and 1 National Drug Code for antidiabetic medication, we identified a cohort of male and female ... Read More »
» Published in Clin Ther. 2006 Aug;28(8):1199-207.

6. Health care for children and youth in the United States: annual report on patterns of coverage, utilization, quality, and expenditures by a county level of urban influence.
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OBJECTIVE: To examine child and hospital demographics and children's health care coverage, use, expenditures, and quality by a county-level measure of urban influence. METHODS: Two national health care databases serve as the sources of data for this report: the 2002 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) and the 2002 Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) and State Inpatient Databases (SID) from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). In both data sets, county urbanicity is defined by use of a collapsed version of the 2003 Urban Influence Codes, to distinguish among children residing ... Read More »
» Published in Ambul Pediatr. 2006 Sep-Oct;6(5):241-64.

7. Arkansas special populations access network perception versus reality-cancer screening in primary care clinics.
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The origin of cancer health disparities and mortality in Arkansas is multifactorial. In response to a cooperative agreement with the National Cancer Institute's Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, the Arkansas Special Populations Access Network (ASPAN) was developed to reduce these disparities. ASPAN's partnership with local primary care physicians of the Arkansas Medical, Dental, and Pharmaceutical Association through the Cancer Education Awareness Program is the focus of this article. A quasi-experimental intervention, the Community Cancer Education Awareness Program, was employed ... Read More »
» Published in Cancer. 2006 Oct 15;107(8 Suppl):2052-60.

8. Will choice-based reform work for Medicare? Evidence from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.
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OBJECTIVE:. To examine the effect of premiums and benefits on the health plan choices of older enrollees who choose Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) health plans as their primary payer. DATA SOURCES: Administrative enrollment data from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and plan premiums and benefits data taken from the Checkbook Guide to health plans. STUDY DESIGN: We estimate individual plan choice models where the choice of health plan is a function of out-of-pocket premium, actuarial value, plan attributes, and individual characteristics. Plan attributes include plan ... Read More »
» Published in Health Serv Res. 2006 Oct;41(5):1741-61.

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