Table 2: APRNsí opinions.

Item (n = 288)

Mean (SD)

Disagree/Strongly disagree N (%)

Neutral N (%)

Agree/Strongly agree N (%

a. Oral health should be more closely regarded as an important component of overall medical care.

4.54 (0.56)

4 (1.4)

-

284 (98.6)

b. Dentistry should be identified as a medical sub-specialty (n = 287).

3.98 (0.88)

15 (5.2)

60 (20.9)

212 (73.9)

c. Drug labels need to clarify that the most common dental diseases are infections (n = 286).

4.46 (4.32)

6 (2.1)

54 (18.9)

224 (78.3)

d. Medicare should cover medically essential dental care/services.

4.70 (0.56)

2 (0.7)

6 (2.1)

280 (97.2)

e. Medicaid should cover medically essential dental care/services (n = 286).

4.70 (0.55)

1 (0.3)

10 (3.5)

275 (96.2)

f. Drug labels should be modified as necessary to improve patientsí understanding of the relationship between oral disease and risk of medical complications.

4.48 (0.60)

2 (0.7)

9 (3.1)

277 (96.2)

g. There is a need for more inter-professional care by primary care providers in managing the oral and overall health concerns of patients (n = 287).

4.68 (3.04)

3 (1.0)

6 (2.1)

278 (96.9)

h. There is need for improved integration of dentistry with other primary health care services (n = 287).

4.51 (0.65)

3 (1.1)

11 (3.8)

273 (95.1)