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OH-14.2 Data Details

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OH-14.2 Increase the proportion of adults who received an oral and pharyngeal cancer screening from a dentist or dental hygienist in the past year

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
Yes
Measure: 
percent (age adjusted—see Comments)
Baseline (Year): 
23.3 (2011–12)
Target: 
28.6
Target-Setting Method: 
Minimal statistical significance
Target-Setting Method Justification: 
The baseline estimates for OH-14 were small enough that a 10 percent improvement over the baseline would not have result in a statistically significant increase over the baseline. Therefore, we used the Minimal Statistical Significance target setting method.
Numerator: 

Number of adults aged 18 years and over who received an oral and pharyngeal cancer screening from a dentist or dental hygienist in the past year

Denominator: 

Number of adults aged 18 years and over who were eligible for the dental health perception and quality of life related questions

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Adapted from HP2010 objective
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data: 

    From the 2011-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Oral Health Questionnaire:

    [NUMERATOR:]

    In the past 12 months, did a dentist, hygienist or other dental professional have a direct conversation with {you/SP} about the importance of examining {your/his/her} mouth for oral cancer?

    • Yes
    • No
    • Refused
    • Don't know
Data Collection Frequency: 
Periodic
Methodology Notes: 

    This objective is tracked using the Oral Health Questionnaire component of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, collected since 1999. All survey participants aged 1 year and older were eligible for the dental health perception and quality of life related questions, however data for this objective focus on adults aged 18 and over. Persons who responded "Yes" to the survey question "In the past 12 months, did a dentist, hygienist or other dental professional have a direct conversation with {you/SP} about the importance of examining {your/his/her} mouth for oral cancer?" were counted in the numerator.

    Age Adjustment Notes: 

    This Indicator uses Age-Adjustment Groups:

    • Total: 18-24, 25-44, 45-64, 65+
    • Sex: 18-24, 25-44, 45-64, 65+
    • Race/Ethnicity: 18-24, 25-44, 45-64, 65+
    • Educational Attainment: 18-24, 25-44, 45-64, 65+
    • Family Income (percent poverty threshold): 18-24, 25-44, 45-64, 65+
    • Country of Birth: 18-24, 25-44, 45-64, 65+
    • Disability Status: 20-24, 25-44, 45-64, 65+
    • Health Insurance Status: 18-24, 25-44, 45-64
    • Marital Status: 20-24, 25-44, 45-64, 65+
    • Veteran Status: 18-24, 25-44, 45-64, 65+
    • Obesity Status: 20-24, 25-44, 45-64, 65+
Changes Between HP2010 and HP2020: 
This objective differs from Healthy People 2010 objective 21-07 in that the data source was revised from the National Health Interview Survey to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. In addition, the denominator was revised from adults aged 40 and over to adults aged 18 and over.

Revision History

Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.

Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
In 2015, this objective moved to measurable status. The objective statement is "Increase the proportion of adults who received an oral and pharyngeal cancer screening from a dentist or dental hygienist in the past year." The baseline statement is "23.3 percent of adults have received an oral and pharyngeal cancer screening from a dentist or dental hygienist in the past year in 2011-2012 (age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population)." The target is 28.6 percent under the minimal statistical significance target setting method. The data source is the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), CDC/NCHS.