Cost As A Barrier To Dental Care Among People With Disabilities: A Report From The Florida Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

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Erin Bouldin, Assistant Professor, PhD (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Many individuals who have disabilities or complex health conditions do not have adequate access to comprehensive oral health care. An examination of the literature indicates a variety of contributing factors. This study reports on cost of care as a barrier to oral health care. Data from the 2007 Florida Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) were used (n=33,777). Respondents who reported activity limitation or the use of special equipment were considered to have a disability. Lack of access to dental care due to cost during the past year was assessed. More individuals with a disability reported not seeing a dentist due to cost versus people without disabilities (30% vs. 16%). After adjusting for confounding variables, Floridians with disabilities were 60% more likely to report cost as a barrier to dental care (OR=1.60, 95% CI 1.32–1.94). Cost of dental care is an access to oral health barrier for Floridians with disabilities. Improving access to dental care for this population will require consideration of financial issues.

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Rapalo, D. M., Davis, J. L., Burtner, P. and Bouldin, E. D. (2010), Cost as a barrier to dental care among people with disabilities: a report from the Florida behavioral risk factor surveillance system. Special Care in Dentistry, 30: 133-139. doi:10.1111/j.1754-4505.2010.00144.x. Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2010
dental, access to care, disability, health disparities, surveillance, epidemiology, BRFSS

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