Document Type

Thesis

Date of Degree

Spring 2015

Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)

Degree In

Dental Public Health

First Advisor

Peter C. Damiano

Abstract

Objective: To understand the association between dental insurance coverage and dental care utilization in Iowa children.

Methods: The 2010 Iowa Child and Family Household Health Survey (IHHS) data was used to assess the association between dental insurance coverage and dental care utilization in Iowa children. Andersen’s model of health services utilization was used as a framework for determining the predictors of dental care utilization. Chi-square test was used for determining bivariate associations and Logistic regression analysis was used to determine factors associated with dental care utilization.

Results: The results from the multivariable logistic regression model indicate that children with private dental insurance (p<0.001) and 4-9 years of age (p=0.005) were more likely to have a dental visit. Additionally, respondents who were always able to get dental appointments for their child (p<0.001), had a regular source of dental care for the child (p<0.001) and perceived dental need for their child (p<0.001), were more likely to report having a dental check-up for their child in the past 12 months.

Conclusion: Dental insurance was significantly associated with having a dental visit in the past year in Iowa children 4-17 years of age. Some of the other predictors of dental care utilization were: having a regular source of dental care for the child, ease of getting dental appointment for the child, younger child’s age and having perceived dental need for the child.

Public Abstract

The aim of this study was to understand the association between dental insurance coverage and dental care use in Iowa children 4¬‐17 years of age using the 2010 Iowa Child and Family Household Health Survey data. The factors that were associated with dental care utilization were selected using the Andersen’s model of health services utilization. This study found that having dental insurance for the child, having a regular source of dental care for the child, ease of getting dental appointment for the child, younger child’s age and having perceived dental need for the child were significantly associated with child having a dental visit in the past year.

Keywords

publicabstract, Children, Dental, Insurance, Iowa, Oral-health, Utilization

Pages

viii, 71 pages

Bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 69-71).

Copyright

Copyright 2015 Simi Mani

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