NIH GUIDE, Volume 23, Number 3, January 21, 1994


P.T. 34


  Dental Health & Hygiene 

  Disease Prevention+ 

National Institute of Dental Research

The National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR) has a requirement

for the development and implementation of a randomized experimental

study of the value (cost and outcomes) of dental sealants.  The study

design will allow for three experimental payment systems (e.g.,

different mix of services covered) and a comparison representing

existing payment systems across two socioeconomic strata.  The design

will incorporate the existing dental care delivery system in the

proposed sites.  The active stage of the experiment will last three

years (dental payment plans in effect).  Participants in the

experimental groups will receive information about a dental payment

plan.  Designated services in the payment plan will be paid for by

the contractor during the three years of the experiment.  Analyses

will include comparative trends over time in dental caries,

restorations, dental sealant use/retention and other measures of oral

status, services rendered, cost of care, and oral health behaviors.

Outcomes to be assessed will include both differences in rates of

decay and the financial investment.  The outcome will be the return

on investment, if any, in terms of level of health and dollars

expended to cover the cost of dental sealants in a dental benefits



RFP No. NIH-NIDR-1-94-2R will be available on or about January 21,

1994, with proposals due on March 30, 1994.  Requests for the RFP

must be submitted in writing and addressed to:

Marion L. Blevins

Contracts Management Office

National Institute of Dental Research

Westwood Building, Room 533

Bethesda, MD  20892


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