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TU-9.3 Data Details

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TU-9.3 Increase tobacco screening in dental care settings

About the Data

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

Data Source: 
Survey of Dental Practice (SDP); American Dental Association (ADA)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
Baseline (Year): 
52.9 (2010)
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement

Number of general practice dentists who reported that they or their dental team usually or always ask patients if they use tobacco


Number of general practice dentists

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Not applicable
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data: 

    From the 2010 American Dental Association’s Survey of Dental Practice:

    Please use the following rating scale to answer the following question: During the past week, how often did you or your dental team personally ask patients if they use tobacco?

    1 = Always
    2 = Usually
    3 = Sometimes
    4 = Rarely
    5 = Never

Data Collection Frequency: 
Methodology Notes: 

    Asking patients if they use tobacco is defined as dentists or their dental teams who responded with a “1” (always) or “2” (usually).

    Dental teams include dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants.

Caveats and Limitations: 
The overall crude and adjusted response rates for the survey in 2010 were 27.3% and 29.2%. A low response rate may yield a biased estimate from the survey if the responders and non-responders are inherently different.

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: 
This objective was moved from developmental to measurable in 2013.