AADR testifies before the NAS' Committee on Comparative Effectiveness Research Priorities

March 25, 2009

Alexandria, Va. - On March 20, on behalf of the American Association for Dental Research, AADR Executive Director Christopher H. Fox, D.M.D., D.M.Sc., testified in support of oral health research and its inclusion in comparative effectiveness research before the National Academy of Sciences' (NAS) Committee on Comparative Effectiveness Research Priorities. AADR was the only group to testify for the inclusion of oral health research. Citing statistics about the disease burden and economic burden of dental diseases, Fox urged the Committee to include oral, dental and craniofacial diseases on the national priority list for comparative effectiveness research.

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of the Actuary, Americans spent $95.2 billion on dental services in 2007, and the vast majority of that came from private sources. Only 6.4 percent of dental services are paid from Federal or state and local sources. Forty-four percent of dental services are covered directly by consumers through out-of-pocket payments. This compares with 12 percent out-of-pocket costs across all national health expenditures.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Medical Expenditures Survey, in 2006, Americans spent $76 billion on dental visits-- second only to heart conditions. Americans spend more on dental visits than trauma-related disorders, cancer or COPD/asthma.

"The economic burden of oral, dental and craniofacial diseases is real, and unlike other medical expenditures, the burden of dental expenditures is borne much more by individuals and private sources, than by government funds," said Fox. "I hope that the Committee will strongly consider adding a robust oral health portfolio to its recommendations for comparative effectiveness research, taking into consideration the disease burden and economic burden of these diseases and conditions on the U.S. population."
-end-
About the American Association for Dental Research

The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) is the largest Division of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). With nearly 4,000 members in the United States, its mission is: (1) to advance research and increase knowledge for the improvement of oral health; (2) to support and represent the oral health research community; and (3) to facilitate the communication and application of research findings.

To learn more about AADR, visit www.aadronline.com.

International & American Associations for Dental Research

Related Diseases Articles from Brightsurf:

Understanding the spread of infectious diseases
Physicists at M√ľnster University (Germany) have shown in model simulations that the COVID-19 infection rates decrease significantly through social distancing.

Parkinson's disease is not one, but two diseases
Researchers around the world have been puzzled by the different symptoms and varied disease pathways of Parkinson's patients.

New gene implicated in neuron diseases
Healthy NEMF helps the cell recycle garbled protein fragments. But several mutant forms resulted in neuromuscular, neurodegenerative or other ALS-like disease, the scientists found.

Stretching your legs may help prevent diseases such as heart diseases and diabetes
New research published today in The Journal of Physiology shows that 12 weeks of easy-to-administer passive stretching helps improve blood flow by making it easier for your arteries to dilate and decreasing their stiffness.

Not all multiple sclerosis-like diseases are alike
Scientists say some myelin-damaging disorders have a distinctive pathology that groups them into a unique disease entity.

How many rare diseases are there?
Dr. Tudor Oprea says a better method for classifying rare diseases will lead to improved patient care.

A vaccine against chronic inflammatory diseases
In animals, a vaccine modifying the composition and function of the gut microbiota provides protection against the onset of chronic inflammatory bowel diseases and certain metabolic disorders, such as diabetes and obesity.

Ants fight plant diseases
New research from Aarhus University shows that ants inhibit at least 14 different plant diseases.

New, noninvasive test for bowel diseases
Gut diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are increasingly prevalent worldwide, especially in industrialized countries.

What is known -- and not known -- about heart muscle diseases in children
Cardiomyopathies (heart muscle diseases) in children are the focus of a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association that provides insight into the diagnosis and treatment of the diseases as well as identifying future research priorities.

Read More: Diseases News and Diseases Current Events
Brightsurf.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.