A Longitudinal Analysis of Unmet Need for Oral Treatment in a National Sample of Medical HIV Patients

Published in: American Journal of Public Health, v. 95, no. 1, Jan. 2005, p. 73-75

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2005

by Marvin Marcus, Carl A. Maida, Ian D. Coulter, James Freed, Claudia Der-Martirosian, Honghu H. Liu, Benjamin A. Freed, Norma Guzman-Becerra, Ronald Andersen

This longitudinal study examines perceived unmet dental need in a nationally representative probability sample of HIV-infected persons in medical care. A logistic regression analysis modeled the relationship between unmet need and explanatory variables. The authors estimate that 40% of HIV/AIDS patients report an unmet need associated with being male, being unemployed, injecting drugs, being heterosexual, lacking dental insurance, and having less education. Disparities in unmet need are related to socioeconomic status rather than to disease stage or ethnicity.

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