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Oral Health Service Utilization Of Migrant And Seasonal Farm Workers In Michigan
Ackerman, Emily Louise
Finlayson, TracyCasteneda, Shelia FGallo, Linda C
ix, 31 pages
The purpose of this study is to identify characteristics associated with dental service utilization among a sample of migrant and seasonal farmworker (MSFW) adults using the Andersen Behavioral Model of Health Services Utilization (1968), which theorizes that predisposing, enabling, and need variables influence likelihood of care-seeking, as a guiding framework. MSFWs are a vulnerable population at increased risk of many poor health outcomes, especially related to oral health. Self-reported oral health survey data were collected in 2002-4 from MSFW (n= 294) in Oceana County, Michigan as part of a broader health study. De-identified survey data were analyzed for this study using SPSS. Descriptive frequencies and binary logistic regression analyses were conducted to measure the association between several factors and a prior year dental visit. Predisposing variables included age, gender, marital status, education, and migrant or seasonal farmworker status. Enabling measures included current employment, children, survey language, acculturation, health insurance, and income. Need factors included missing teeth due to decay, having dental need symptoms (tooth ache, bleeding gums, sore jaw, or pain), and depressive symptoms. Half (50%) of survey participants had a prior year dental visit. Just over half (57%) reported having lost at least one tooth due to decay, and 46% of the sample had current dental need symptoms. In the final model, being male (OR=0.42, p
Includes bibliographical references (pages 28-31).
Public Health with a concentration in Health Management and Policy
Health and Human Services
Master of Science (M.S.) San Diego State University, 2014
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