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Riedy C, Weinstein P, Mancl L, et al. Dental attendance among low-income women and their children following a brief motivational counseling intervention: a community randomized trial. Soc Sci Med. 2015;144:9-18. Access Abstract

NPM: 13-2: Oral Health in Childhood
Intervention Components (click on component to see a list of all articles that use that intervention): CAREGIVER, Educational Material (caregiver), Motivational Interviewing/Counseling, Education/Training (caregiver)
Intervention Description: This study tested a behavioral intervention to increase dental attendance among rural Oregonian low-income women and their children.
Conclusion: Prenatal or postpartum motivational interviewing/counseling (MI) did not lead to greater attendance when compared to HE alone and cost more to implement. High attendance may be attributable to the counselors' patient navigator function.
Study Design: RCT
Significant Findings: No
Setting: Four rural counties in OR
Target Audience: Children of pregnant women aged ≥15 years in their first or second trimester eligible for Medicaid
Data Source: Medicaid claims; maternal self-report
Sample Size: Prenatal MI/Postpartum MI (n=121) Prenatal MI/Postpartum HE (n=50) Prenatal HE/Postpartum MI (n=134) Prenatal HE/Postpartum HE (n=44)
Age Range: not specified


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.