Date of Completion
Dr. Jane Ungemack ; Dr.Joseph Burleson
Field of Study
Master of Public Health
The purpose of this study was to determine whether there was a need to incorporate a diabetic risk assessment in an academic dental clinic. An analysis of existing patient records and a survey administered to new patients seeking care at the University of Connecticut Health Center dental clinics were utilized to determine: a) what was the prevalence of diabetic patients; b) how many patients were at increased risk for developing Type 2 diabetes; and c) whether their oral health knowledge relating to diabetes varied by their diabetic status. The survey was administered over a four-month time period, in which 200 patients responded, resulting in a 95.5% response rate. This study concluded that UConn Health dental clinics have a large percentage of patients who are at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and a large percentage of diabetic patients. Diabetic patients knew significantly more about the systemic complications associated with diabetes as compared to the non-diabetic group. However, all participants lacked sufficient knowledge about the relationship between oral health and diabetes. Dental providers may need to play a larger role in educating patients about the oral health complications associated with diabetes. Performing a diabetic risk assessment in an academic dental setting may prove beneficial to patient care.
Wong, Nancy, "Determining the Need for Diabetic Risk Assessment in an Academic Dental Clinic" (2015). Master's Theses. 729.