Ethnicity, aging, and oral health outcomes: a conceptual framework

Adv Dent Res. 1997 May;11(2):203-9. doi: 10.1177/08959374970110020201.


An expanded version of Andersen's Behavioral Model of Health Services Utilization is used as the theoretical and analytical framework for the International Collaborative Study of Oral Health Outcomes (ICS-II). The conceptual framework for understanding determinants of oral health is based on a "systems" perspective. The framework posits that characteristics of the external environment, the dental care delivery system, and the personal characteristics of the population influence oral health behaviors. The expanded behavioral model conceptualizes health behaviors (oral hygiene practices and dental services utilization) as intermediate dependent variables, which in turn influence oral health outcomes (evaluated, perceived, patient satisfaction). The framework is presented with an increased focus on the effects of race-ethnicity and age cohort, the major exogenous variables used in this study for systematic assessment of the differences in the multitude of factors influencing oral health. The framework can be applied by policy analysis and health services managers to help describe, predict, and explain population-based health behaviors and health outcomes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Cohort Studies
  • DMF Index
  • Dental Care for Aged / psychology
  • Dental Care for Aged / statistics & numerical data*
  • Dental Health Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • Ethnic Groups
  • Health Behavior / ethnology*
  • Humans
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • United States