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Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol. 2016 Oct;122(4):426-33. doi: 10.1016/j.oooo.2016.05.003. Epub 2016 May 24.

Trends in dental-related emergency department visits in the State of California from 2005 to 2011.

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1
Doctoral student, Health Services Research and Administration Department, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, USA. Electronic address: Sankeerth.rampa@unmc.edu.
2
Associate Professor, Health Services Research and Administration Department, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, USA.
3
Associate Professor, Department of Orthodontics at the College of Dentistry, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Objectives of this study were to provide trends in hospital-based emergency department (ED) visits involving dental conditions in California and to identify clinical and patient characteristics associated with these trends.

STUDY DESIGN:

We used 2005 to 2011 data from the California Emergency Department Database. We examined all ED visits related to dental conditions.

RESULTS:

During the study period (2005-2011), 402,077 ED visits were attributed to dental conditions. The number of ED visits that were dental-related increased from 44,516 (in 2005) to 70,385 (in 2011). Most of these visits were for dental caries (44.0%) and pulp/periapical lesions (48.6%) in 2011. Nearly one third of patients visiting the ED were uninsured, and the percentage of Medicaid patients increased from 30.3% in 2006 to 35.1% in 2011.

CONCLUSIONS:

The number and rate of visits to the ED for dental-related problems has increased substantially in recent years in California. A large proportion of these patients are uninsured and those covered by Medicaid.

PMID:
27515432
DOI:
10.1016/j.oooo.2016.05.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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