Accession Number : ADA164264


Title :   Toward Development of a Naval Oral Health Status Index,


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Jimerfield,Craig A ; Davidson,Dennis M


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a164264.pdf


Report Date : Dec 1985


Pagination or Media Count : 800


Abstract : The literature pertaining to general health indexes and a wide variety of oral health indexes is reviewed. The pioneering work of Nikias et al., in demonstrating the feasibility of using expert opinion to develop a comprehensive oral health index, is presented. After a review of all available literature concerning oral health indexes, it appeared that the oral lhealth statud index developed by Marcus et al., using the perference pairs methodology of MIckey and Britt to develop a model based upon the preferences of experts, provided the most promising alternative for an oral health index for use within the Navy's health care system. Subsequent evaluation of the methodologies employed by Marcus et al., however, revealed a number of problems which questioned the validity of the oral health status index, particularly for use within the Navy. More specifically, these problems related to the patient population sampled and a number of questionable statistical procedures used in the development of the oral health status index. The major conclusion of this thesis is that no existing oral health index both satisfies the preferences of experts and is suitable for use by health care providers, managers, planners, and other decision makers. Keywords: Dental Health Status Index.


Descriptors :   *HEALTH , *INDEXES , *ORAL HEALTH , DECISION MAKING , THESES , POPULATION , LANGUAGE , PATIENTS , STATISTICAL PROCESSES , PUBLIC OPINION


Subject Categories : Information Science
      Medicine and Medical Research


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE