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Lack of access to dental services for medical assistance recipients in southwestern Pennsylvania

Stonebraker, Kara (2013) Lack of access to dental services for medical assistance recipients in southwestern Pennsylvania. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Abstract

A large disparity exists in access to dental services for the Medical Assistance population when compared with the general population. The disparity has been seen in areas across the United States. Based on prior discussions with dental providers and advocates, one of the common barriers to dental services for adult Medical Assistance recipients is the lack of knowledge and information on available dental services. The objective of this study is to be able to provide non-profit organizations that serve the Medical Assistance population, such as the Consumer Health Coalition, with a detailed assessment of the dental providers that accept Medical Assistance. If a better understanding and knowledge of the dental services available to Medical Assistance recipients is provided to non-profit organizations, that serve the Medical Assistance population in the Southwestern Pennsylvania area, then we can expect better access to dental services. To gain the information needed, seventy-two individual dental practices located in Allegheny, Westmoreland, Washington, and Butler Counties were surveyed. The results of the survey indicated that the issue in lack of access does exist in the Southwestern Pennsylvania area. The results of study were able to gain a larger knowledge of individual dental practices across the area. The information will be effectively used by the Consumer Health Coalition to inform Medical Assistance recipients looking for dental services and hereby increasing access to dental services. The public health relevance of the issue of lack of access to dental services for the Medical Assistance population is the health concerns that arise as a result.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Stonebraker, Kara
Contributors:
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBarron, Geraldgbarron@pitt.eduGBARRONUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberWeyant, Robert J.rjw1@pitt.eduRJW1UNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberBachurski, Leslielbachurski@consumerhealthcoalition.orgUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 15 April 2013
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 06 May 2015 17:13
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2019 12:55
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18570

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