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Continuing Education Program — November 2013

Article 1: Dental treatment intensity in frail older adults in the last year of life

1. What percentage of patients in this study's sample received no treatment after the new patient examination and prophylaxis?

2. In the group receiving usual care (UC), what percentage completed their last treatment within the last three months of life?

3. Which category of services was most frequently provided to patients in the UC group?

4. What was the mean cost of dental services provided to patients in the limited care group?

Article 2: Pain catastrophizing in dental patients: implications for treatment management

1. In an Australian survey cited by this author, approximately what percentage of people reported avoiding dental care owing to fear or dislike?

2.If a patient stated, "There's nothing I can do to reduce the intensity of the pain," which one of the following features or constructs would be illustrated?

3.If a patient stated, "I become afraid that the pain will get worse," which one of the following features or constructs would be illustrated?

4. If a patient stated, "I can't seem to keep it out of my mind," which one of the following features or constructs would be illustrated?

Article 3: The effect of ceramic primer on shear bond strength of resin composite cement to zirconia: a function of water storage and thermal cycling

1. Which specimens exhibited a statistically significant increase in shear bond strength (SBS), according to duration of water storage?

2. Which specimens exhibited a statistically significant decrease in SBS after 25 days of thermal cycling?

3. After thermal cycling for 16 days, which specimens did not exhibit statistically significantly lower SBS than those in the same treatment group after water storage?

4.After 25 days of aging, which specimens exhibited statistically significantly higher SBS with the primer than without it?

Article 4: Reimbursement rates and policies for primary molar pit-and-fissure sealants across state Medicaid programs

1. At the time of the study, what percentage of state Medicaid programs reimbursed dentists for placement of pit-and-fissure sealants on primary molars?

2. Which state had the highest Medicaid reimbursement rate for sealants placed on primary molars?

3. Which state had the lowest Medicaid reimbursement rate for sealants placed on permanent molars?

4. What percentage of state Medicaid programs restricted reimbursement for sealants to patients younger than 21 years?

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