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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: 
Yes
Measure: 
percent
Baseline (Year): 
52.9 (2010)
Target: 
58.2
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement
Numerator: 

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

Denominator: 

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: 
Periodic
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.