Dental care utilization and retirement.

TitleDental care utilization and retirement.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsManski, RJ, Moeller, JF, Chen, H, St Clair, PA, Schimmel, J, Magder, LS, Pepper, JV
JournalJ Public Health Dent
Date Published2010 Winter
ISSN Number0022-4006
KeywordsAged, Confounding Factors, Epidemiologic, Dental Care, Employment, ethnicity, Female, health policy, Humans, Income, Insurance, Dental, Leisure activities, Logistic Models, Male, Middle Aged, Multivariate Analysis, Odds Ratio, Retirement, Socioeconomic factors, United States

OBJECTIVE: The authors examine the relationship of dental care coverage, retirement, and utilization in an aging population using data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS).

METHODS: The authors estimate dental care use as a function of dental care coverage status, retirement, and individual and household characteristics. They also estimate a multivariate model controlling for potentially confounding variables.

RESULTS: The authors show that that the loss of income and dental coverage associated with retirement may lead to lower use rates but this effect may be offset by other unobserved aspects of retirement including more available free time leading to an overall higher use rate.

CONCLUSIONS: The authors conclude from this study that full retirement accompanied by reduced income and dental insurance coverage produces lower utilization of dental services. However, they also show that retirement acts as an independent variable, whereas income, coverage, and free time (unobserved) act as intervening variables.


Manski, Richard J Moeller, John Chen, Haiyan St Clair, Patricia A Schimmel, Jody Magder, Larry Pepper, John V R01 AG026090-01A2/AG/NIA NIH HHS/United States R01 AG026090-03/AG/NIA NIH HHS/United States U01AG009740/AG/NIA NIH HHS/United States Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural United States Nihms172468 J Public Health Dent. 2010 Winter;70(1):67-75.

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Confounding Factors (Epidemiology)/Dental Care/Employment/Ethnic Groups/Health Policy/Income/Dental Insurance/leisure/Logistic Models/Multivariate Analysis/Odds Ratio/Retirement planning/Socioeconomic Factors

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Alternate JournalJ Public Health Dent
Citation Key7545
PubMed ID19765203
PubMed Central IDPMC2864359
Grant ListU01 AG009740 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
R01 AG026090-01A2 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
R01 DE021678 / DE / NIDCR NIH HHS / United States
R01 AG026090-03 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
U01AG009740 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
R01 AG026090 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States