How Do Long-Term Care Workers Spend Their Time? Answers from the American Time-Use Survey

As the aging population and the demand for long-term care services increases, more information will be needed about what factors contribute to stress, burnout, and retention of long-term care (LTC) workers. This report describes a study that utilized data from the American Time Use Survey from 2003-2014 to compare how LTC workers and other health…

Employer Demand for Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners to care for Older People and People with Disabilities

As the aging population grows, further increasing demand for long-term care (LTC) providers, some evidence suggests that employing more physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) may be and effective solution to meeting this demand. This report describes a study that analyzed LTC job posting data from 2014 to better understand employer demand for PAs…

Practice Patterns of Postgraduate Dental Residency Completers from Select Long-Term HRSA-Funded Primary Dental Care Training Programs

The Health Resources and Service Administration’s (HRSA) mission is “To improve health outcomes and address health disparities through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce, and innovative, high-value programs.” To support this mission, HRSA supports primary care postgraduate dental (PGD) training programs through competitive grant funding. A recent research study conducted by the Oral…

Racial Disparities in Financial Security, Work and Leisure Activities, and Quality of Life Among the Direct Care Workforce

Personal care, home health, and nursing aides provide the majority of care to chronically ill and disabled older adults. This workforce faces challenging working conditions, resulting in high turnover and workforce instability that affect the quality of care for older adults. This study adds to the literature by examining racial and ethnic disparities in well-being…

A Comparison of Opioid Prescribing Patterns by Dentists in New York and Oregon, 2014-2016

Dentists are 1 of the top 5 opioid analgesic prescribers among health care professionals in the US. However, most of these prescriptions remain unused after dental surgery, with upwards of 100 million opioid analgesic pills estimated to be left unused. This report describes dentists’ opioid prescribing patterns for Medicaid beneficiaries in 2 very different states—Oregon…

A Longitudinal Cohort Study of Opioid Prescriptions Associated with Non-Surgical Dental Visits Among Oregon and New York State Medicaid Beneficiaries (2014-2016)

Studies estimate that approximately one-third of all opioid prescriptions (Rxs) from dentists are associated with nonsurgical dental procedures, which suggests unwarranted opioid use. This article discusses a study of adult Medicaid beneficiaries using administrative claims data from New York (NY) and Oregon (OR) (2014-2016) to examine opioid Rxs associated with nonsurgical dental visits.ArrayArticle Arrayhttps://jada.ada.org/article/S0002-8177(21)00705-4/fulltextFebruary 9,…

Prescribing Patterns in Nursing Home Residents Living With Dementia by Specialty and Provider Type

Treating the complex issues of people living with dementia is difficult because behavioral symptoms often occur in combination with pain symptoms. In addition,  increasing cognitive impairment and communication challenges exist as dementia severity progresses. Little is known about either the contributions of different clinical specialties in prescribing medications for this population or prescribing patterns by…

Trends in Postgraduate Dental Training in the United States

Post graduate dental (PGD) training has increased 27% over the last decade (2009-2019). More than 75% of this increase was due to the growth of primary care training. Despite this increase, little is known about factors associated with the pursuit of PGD training and whether or not they vary between different dental specialty fields. There…

Practice Patterns of Postgraduate Trained Dentists in the United States

Assessing the distribution and organization of the dental workforce is critical to understand how to address poor access to dental care for lower income families. The US currenly lacks a significant supply of dentists who accept Medicaid, or will work in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), which impacts communities of color and disabled individuals. There…

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