Cover: A Cost Analysis Plan for the National Preventive Dentistry Demonstration Program

A Cost Analysis Plan for the National Preventive Dentistry Demonstration Program

Published 1981

by Craig B. Foch

Purchase Print Copy

 Format Price
Add to Cart Paperback68 pages $25.00

The National Preventive Dentistry Demonstration Project delivers school-based dental care to approximately 14,000 children in ten U.S. cities. Each of the children began receiving one of six different packages of procedures during the 1977-1978 school year and will continue its receipt for four years. Professional dental examinations establish each child's tooth decay status as of start-up and annually thereafter. The cost data are to be analyzed in three phases. The objectives of phase one are (1) conversion of detailed records of personnel costs and time charges, supplies usage, and other expenditures to estimates of the Program's total cost at each site during each year of operation; and (2) division of those costs among the six regimens of preventive dental care. The costing definitions and allocation rules to be used in phase one are the subjects of this Note. Phase two will be concerned with the causes of variation in costs. Phase three will construct realistic cost estimates for various alternative hypothetical programs.

This report is part of the RAND note series. The note was a product of RAND from 1979 to 1993 that reported other outputs of sponsored research for general distribution.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit

RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.