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Identifying unaddressed systemic health conditions at dental visits: patients who visited dental practices but not general health care providers in 2008.

Authors
  • Strauss, Shiela M1
  • Alfano, Michael C
  • Shelley, Donna
  • Fulmer, Terry
Type
Published Article
Journal
American Journal of Public Health
Publisher
American Public Health Association
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2012
Volume
102
Issue
2
Pages
253–255
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300420
PMID: 22390440
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We assessed the proportion and characteristics of patients who do not regularly visit general health care providers but do visit dentists and whose unaddressed systemic health conditions could therefore be identified by their dentist. Of the 26.0% of children and 24.1% of adults that did not access general outpatient health care in 2008, 34.7% and 23.1%, respectively, visited a dentist. They varied by census region, family income, and sociodemographics. Dental practices can serve as alternate sites of opportunity to identify health concerns among diverse groups of US patients.

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