WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
University of Washington School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine Box 354982
Seattle, WA 98195-4982
Telephone: (206) 685-0402
Fax: (206) 616-4768
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This working paper reports the findings of a study investigating rural dentist issues, such as demography, training, practice characteristics, staff, and job satisfaction, in Alabama, California, Maine, and Missouri. The paper highlights the survey methodology, findings, and limitations and discusses responses to issues including work and staffing patterns, vacancy rates, Medicaid participation, and job satisfaction of rural dentists. Perspectives of oral health professionals on issues related to access to care are also discussed. Appendices provide the survey questionnaire for each state, plus state pamphlets presenting statistical data of individual state findings. A summary is also available as a separate document. The summary presents a project overview and provides charts and statistics on dentist demographics, dental hygienist and dental assistant vacancy rates, and dentist participation in Medicaid.
Keywords: Oral health, Rural environment, Work force, Dentists, Dental hygienists, Access to health care, Demography, Professional training, Job satisfaction, Provider participation, Alabama, California, Maine, Missouri, Statistical data, Surveys, Questionnaires, Children, State surveys