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Grembowski D, Milgrom PM. Increasing access to dental care for Medicaid preschool children: the Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD) program. Public Health Rep. 2000;115(5):448-459. 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, Outreach (caregiver), PROVIDER/PRACTICE, POPULATION-BASED SYSTEMS, STATE, Medicaid Reform, Education/Training (caregiver), Provider Training/Education
Intervention Description: This study aimed to determine the Washington State's Access to Baby and Child Dent stry (ABCD) Program's effect on children's dental utilization and dental fear, and on parent satisfaction and knowledge.
Conclusion: The authors conclude that the ABCD Program was effective in increasing access for preschool children enrolled in Medicaid, reducing dental fear, and increasing parent satisfaction.
Study Design: QE: nonequivalent control group
Significant Findings: Yes
Setting: Spokane County in WA
Target Audience: Children aged 12-36 months enrolled in Medicaid as of August 31, 1997
Data Source: Parent survey
Sample Size: Intervention (n=228) Control (n=237)
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.