Dental care utilization among caregivers who care for older adults.


Journal Article

The goal of this study was to investigate individual and contextual factors associated with dental care utilization by U.S. informal caregivers. The sample included all 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System respondents who completed the caregiver module and reported providing care for 1 year or more to an individual aged ≥ 50 years or older (n = 1,196). Multiple logistic regressions were used to examine associations of caregiver and care characteristics and county-level contextual characteristics (from Area Resource File data) with two outcomes: dental visits and dental cleaning during previous year. Caregivers with health insurance coverage and higher education were more likely to use dental care; those who had lost more teeth and who were spouse caregivers were less likely to do so. Community characteristics were not correlated with caregivers' use of dental care. Our findings suggest that better access to dental care could improve dental care utilization by caregivers.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wu, B; Luo, H; Flint, E; Qin, L

Published Date

  • May 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 388 - 412

PubMed ID

  • 25651576

Pubmed Central ID

  • 25651576

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-7573

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0164-0275

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0164027514537082


  • eng