Title

Dental case manager encounters: the association with retention in dental care and treatment plan completion

UMMS Affiliation

Meyers Primary Care Institute

Date

3-2013

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

Dental Care; Dental Health Services; HIV Infections; Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Health Services Accessibility

Disciplines

Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Dentistry | Health Services Administration | Health Services Research | Immune System Diseases | Public Health

Abstract

Little is known about dental case managers as few programs have been scientifically evaluated. The goal of this study was to explore the impact of dental case manager on retention in dental care and completion of treatment plans, while specifically exploring the number of dental case manager encounters. Fourteen programs enrolled people with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in dental care and a longitudinal study between 2007 and 2009. The 758 participants had a total of 2715 encounters with a dental case manager over twelve months: 29% had a single encounter; 21% had two; 27% had 3-4 and; 23% had 5-29 encounters. Adjusting for baseline characteristics, participants receiving more encounters were significantly more likely to complete their Phase 1 treatment plan, be retained in dental care, and experience improvements in overall oral health status. Organizations considering efforts to improve the oral health of vulnerable, hard-to-engage populations should consider these findings when planning interventions.

Comments

Citation: Spec Care Dentist. 2013 Mar-Apr;33(2):70-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1754-4505.2012.00293.x. Link to article on publisher's site

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

23451927