I am currently working on my thesis for Emory University’s Career MPH Program.
My thesis consists of a cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) of the Southeast Health District’s Teledentistry Program. Children receive preventive dental services (fluoride, cleaning, sealants and x-rays), provided by dental hygienists at school and during traditional school hours. The hygienists are supervised by a local dentist and x-rays are transmitted via telehealth equipment, in real-time, to dental students at Life Sciences University (formerly The Medical College of Georgia). From the x-rays, university students determine the need for dental referrals for children. All services are free of charge, enabling referrals to dentists to be billed to insurance (Medicaid, PeachCare, private).
The problem statement is-A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis: Traditional Dental Care versus Teledentistry for Children Enrolled in Brantley County, Georgia Elementary Schools for the 2010-2011 School Year.
My hope is to include the program expansion to Charlton County, Georgia elementary schools for the first three months of 2011-2012 school year in the analysis.
In addition to direct and indirect costs, intangible costs will be included in the analysis. Children’s self-esteem as it relates to dental health, will be quantified from the answers to a parent’s survey, sent home in the program application packet.