Identifying the Effect of Patients' Insurance Status on Nurse Practitioners' Decision to Educate Patients on Preventive Dental Care
Chang, Hee Jin
IDENTIFYING THE EFFECT OF PATIENTS' INSURANCE STATUS ON NURSE PRACTITIONERS' DECISION TO EDUCATE PATIENTS ON PREVENTIVE DENTAL CARE.Hee Jin Chang, B.A.Thesis Advisor: Andreas Kern, Ph.D.ABSTRACTThis paper analyzes the effect of patient insurance status on nurse practitioners' behavior towards patients by examining a survey of licensed nurse practitioners in the state of Maryland. By observing such effects, their efforts in educating their patients on preventive dental care can be examined empirically. I use a logistic regression model while controlling for nurse practitioners' previous education, practice setting, fluoride prescription, dental sealant application, and nurse practitioner's desire to receive further preventive dental care education. From the regression results, I find that patient insurance status (stratified as Medicaid or private) has a statistically significant effect on the likelihood of patients receiving preventive dental care education from nurse practitioners. The results suggest health insurance status gives nurse practitioners the incentive to provide preventive dental treatment and education to their patients.Key WordsPreventive dental care, dental sealant, preventive dental care education, nurse practitioners, Medicaid
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