Visiting the emergency department for dental problems: trends in utilization, 2001 to 2008.

@article{Lee2012VisitingTE,
  title={Visiting the emergency department for dental problems: trends in utilization, 2001 to 2008.},
  author={H. Howard Lee and Charlotte W. Lewis and Babette Saltzman and Helene Starks},
  journal={American journal of public health},
  year={2012},
  volume={102 11},
  pages={
          e77-83
        }
}
OBJECTIVES We tested the hypothesis that between 2001 and 2008, Americans increasingly relied upon emergency departments (EDs) for dental care. METHODS Data from 2001 through 2008 were collected from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS). Population-based visit rates for dental problems, and, for comparison, asthma, were calculated using annual US Census Bureau estimates. As part of the analysis, we described patient characteristics associated with large increases in… CONTINUE READING

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