percent of those who had received care from a PA in the past year said they would be comfortable doing that again.
The poll also inquired about a proposed new “mid-level” profession: advanced dental hygiene practitioners. These practitioners would provide routine dental care, including diagnostic and preventive services such as filling cavities. Although advanced dental hygiene practitioners cannot currently be licensed to practice in Kentucky, polling data indicated 73 percent of Kentucky adults would be comfortable with such a practitioner providing routine dental care.
“As providers move to create a system of care that includes a range of skill sets and training in its care teams, new strategies emerge that hold promise to increase access to affordable care – not just in urban centers but also in rural and underserved communities,” said Dr. Susan Zepeda, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, which sponsored the poll. “The data suggest that the public is very receptive to health care services from different types of clinicians.”
The poll, co-sponsored by the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, was taken Sept. 20
through Oct. 14 by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of
Cincinnati. A random sample of 1,680 adults throughout Kentucky was
interviewed by landline and cell telephones. The poll’s margin of error is plus
or minus 2.5 percentage points. (Read more)