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Research Studies is a monthly compilation of research articles funded by AHRQ or authored by AHRQ researchers and recently published in journals or newsletters.
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Lipton BJ, Wherry LR, Miller S
AHRQ Author: Lipton BJ, Decker S
Previous Medicaid expansion may have had lasting positive effects on oral health of non-Hispanic black children.
The researchers estimated the relationship between adult oral health and the extent of state public health insurance eligibility for pregnant women, infants, and children throughout childhood separately for non-Hispanic whites, non-Hispanic blacks, and Hispanics. They found that expanded Medicaid coverage geared toward pregnant women and children during their first year of life was linked to better oral health in adulthood among non-Hispanic blacks.
Citation: Lipton BJ, Wherry LR, Miller S . Previous Medicaid expansion may have had lasting positive effects on oral health of non-Hispanic black children. Health Aff 2016 Dec;35(12):2249-58. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2016.0865.
Keywords: Medicaid, Dental and Oral Health, Children/Adolescents, Disparities, Racial / Ethnic Minorities
Berdahl T, Hudson J, Simpson L
AHRQ Author: Berdahl T, Hudson J
Annual report on children's health care: dental and orthodontic utilization and expenditures for children, 2010-2012.
The researchers examined general dental and orthodontic utilization and expenditures by health insurance status, public health insurance eligibility, and sociodemographic characteristics among children aged 0 to 17 years using data from 2010-2012. Overall, 41.9 percent of US children reported an annual dental office-based visit for general (nonorthodontic) dental care.
Citation: Berdahl T, Hudson J, Simpson L . Annual report on children's health care: dental and orthodontic utilization and expenditures for children, 2010-2012. Acad Pediatr 2016 May-Jun;16(4):314-26. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2016.02.013.
Keywords: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), Children/Adolescents, Dental and Oral Health, Healthcare Costs, Health Insurance
Dumas SA, Polk D
Pediatric dental clinic location and utilization in a high-resource setting.
This study examined dental utilization by Medicaid-insured children living in a high-resource area and characterized distance and travel-related variables to accessing care. It concluded that closer proximity may contribute to the higher utilization of services observed compared with national rates.
Citation: Dumas SA, Polk D . Pediatric dental clinic location and utilization in a high-resource setting. J Public Health Dent 2015 Summer;75(3):183-90. doi: 10.1111/jphd.12086.
Keywords: Children/Adolescents, Healthcare Utilization, Dental and Oral Health, Access to Care, Medicaid
Kranz AM, Rozier RG, Preisser JS
Examining continuity of care for Medicaid-enrolled children receiving oral health services in medical offices.
To understand continuity of oral health services for Medicaid-enrolled children utilizing the North Carolina (NC) Into the Mouths of Babes (IMB) preventive oral health program, the researchers examined the time to a dentist visit after a child’s third birthday. They found that children with only IMB visits compared to only dentist visits before age 3 had lower rates of dentist visits after their third birthday.
Citation: Kranz AM, Rozier RG, Preisser JS . Examining continuity of care for Medicaid-enrolled children receiving oral health services in medical offices. Matern Child Health J 2015 Jan;19(1):196-203. doi: 10.1007/s10995-014-1510-3..
Keywords: Access to Care, Children/Adolescents, Community-Based Practice, Dental and Oral Health, Medicaid