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National Preventive Dentistry Demonstration Program, 1977-1981 (ICPSR 8494) RSS

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Data in this collection document the National Preventive Dentistry Demonstration Program. The program provided dental examinations and preventive treatment of school children. Information such as sex, age, race, grade, and program site are given for each child, as well as data on the specific treatment regimen for the child. Data on dental habits and condition are provided by a survey of parents (which also includes demographic data on participants and non-participants), radiographic examinations, and clinical examinations. Also included are data on the costs, personnel resources, and materiel required by the program, plus results from periodic surveys of participating school principals and teachers.

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  • These data are freely available.


WARNING: Because this study has many datasets, the download all files option has been suppressed, and you will need to download one dataset at a time.

DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Classroom Participation Census - Download All Files (15.2 MB)
DS2:  Classroom Participation Record - Download All Files (15.1 MB)
DS3:  Daily Treatment Log - Download All Files (23.4 MB)
DS4:  Enrollment History - Download All Files (15.1 MB)
DS5:  Master File - Download All Files (16.9 MB)
DS6:  One-on-One Care Summary - Download All Files (15.5 MB)
DS7:  Parent Questionnaire - Download All Files (25.2 MB)
DS8:  Principal Questionnaire - Download All Files (15.2 MB)
DS9:  Radiographic Examination - Download All Files (19.2 MB)
DS10:  Site Staff Activity Log - Download All Files (49.4 MB)
DS11:  Site Staff Expenditure Survey - Download All Files (15.3 MB)
DS12:  Treatment Materials and Supplies - Download All Files (15.3 MB)
DS13:  Teachers Questionnaire - Download All Files (16.6 MB)
DS14:  Visual Examination - Download All Files (51.4 MB)

Study Description


Klein, Stephen P., and Harry M. Bohannan. National Preventive Dentistry Demonstration Program, 1977-1981. ICPSR08494-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1986.

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This study was funded by:

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   children, demographic characteristics, dental care, education, elementary school students, elementary schools, family, health, health facilities, public school students, public schools, school officials, students

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1977--1981

Date of Collection:  

  • 1977--1981

Universe:   Participants in the National Preventive Dentistry Demonstration Program.

Data Types:   aggregate data, clinical data, event/transaction data, survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The National Preventive Dentistry Demonstration Program was conducted jointly by the Rand Corporation and the American Fund for Dental Health.


Sample:   Data are provided for children and schools participating in the National Preventive Dentistry Demonstration Program. Participants were located in ten sites, with two sites in each of five regions of the United States (northeast, southeast, central, southwest, and northwest). One site in each region had a fluoridated water supply, and the other had a nonfluoridated water supply. There were two types of cohorts in the study. The longitudinal cohort consisted of those children who were in grades one, two, and five at the beginning of the program. Children in the longitudinal cohort received preventive care and/or examinations throughout the five years of the program. Children in the cross-sectional cohort were in grades three, four, six, seven, and eight at the beginning of the study, and received examinations in the baseline year but did not participate in further treatment or examinations. An additional cross-sectional cohort consisted of children in grades one through nine who were examined in the final year of the study. These children had not previously been participants in the program. Approximately 82 percent of students eligible for the program received parental consent for participation.

Data Source:

clinical examinations, program staff records, self-enumerated questionnaires, and personal and telephone interviews


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Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 15 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 15 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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