Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.
From the 2007 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey:
What type of dental care provider did [PERSON] see during this visit?
[PROBE:] Any other type of dental care person? [CODE ALL THAT APPLY.]
What did [PERSON] have done during this visit?
[PROBE:] What else was done? [CODE ALL THAT APPLY.]
MEPS data for oral health provide information on the nature of the dental visit. Subjects are interviewed on five different occasions over 15 months, so that they do not need to recall details of dental care received more than 3 months beforehand. In addition, MEPS subjects are also asked for specific information about care received at each visit. This indicator defines a preventive dental visit as one in which the patient received a dental sealant, a fluoride treatment or a dental prophylaxis (professional tooth cleaning by a dental hygienist or dentist).
Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.
In 2012, the original baseline was revised from 26.7 to 30.2 percent when children aged 0-1 years were excluded from the objective statement and to correct an error in coding the upper age limit. The target was adjusted from 29.4 to 33.2 percent to reflect the revised baseline using the orginal target-setting method.
Additional resources about the objective.
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