Use of Emergency Departments and Inpatient Care for Conditions Related to Poor Oral Health Care in Rural Areas

In  this study we investigated the extent to which emergency departments (EDs) and inpatient settings are used to treat problems related to poor oral health, the charges for such care, and variations in the use of these services by patient and area characteristics.  The principal data sources were the State Emergency Department Databases and State Inpatient Databases available as part of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project.  Analyses were performed on a range of study states representing multiple regions of the country and differing levels of rurality. 

This project was conducted as part of the Rural Health Research and Policy Center.

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