Opinions on the provision of dental care in Iowa nursing homes
Article first published online: 28 DEC 2010
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Special Care in Dentistry
Volume 31, Issue 1, pages 33–40, January/February 2011
How to Cite
Nunez, B., Chalmers, J., Warren, J., Ettinger, R. L. and Qian, F. (2011), Opinions on the provision of dental care in Iowa nursing homes. Special Care in Dentistry, 31: 33–40. doi: 10.1111/j.1754-4505.2010.00170.x
Spec Care Dentist 31(1): 33-40, 2011
- Issue published online: 14 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 28 DEC 2010
- nursing homes;
- access to care;
Using a stratified random sample, a questionnaire was mailed to 400 practicing dentists and 200 directors of nursing (DONs). Response rates were 58.3% for dentists and 50% for DONs. Dentists were representative of Iowa dentists, with 85% male, mean age 49.1 years, and 22.4 years in practice. All DONs were female, with mean age of 44.9 years. Of the participating dentists, 86% had provided dental care for nursing home residents, but the majority of care was completed in dental offices. Three-quarters of dentists were somewhat/not interested in nursing home dentistry. Dentists and DONs held common perceptions of the most frequent problems related to care provision at nursing homes: low financial reimbursement, especially for Medicaid patients; no portable dental equipment; no suitable area for dentistry; dentist's preference to treat patients at their dental practice; and transportation of residents to a dental practice. Dentists and DONs had some differing perceptions about oral health care (p < .01). Minimal dental care was provided on-site at Iowa nursing homes.