Teledentistry Acceptability Among Latina/o/x Adults in Rural Southwest Virginia

Dina T. García, Stacey Y. Ruiz, Kimberly Siles, Aderonke A. Akinkugbe

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Abstract

Inequitable access to dental care remains a barrier to optimal health for rural populations. With the COVID-19 pandemic, teledentistry to improve the delivery of oral health care has been emphasized. Few previous investigations of teledentistry acceptability have included Latina/o/x populations in rural areas of the United States. We recruited Latina/o/x adults (N=91) in rural southwest Virginia to participate in a survey to assess correlates related to teledentistry acceptability. More than half of participants (57%) reported no interest in using teledentistry if it were available. Having a yearly household income above $24,000 and not having dental insurance were positively associated with telehealth acceptability (p=.04 and p=.01, respectively). Inequitable access to dental care may persist even with broad availability of teledentistry services unless there is explicit integration of health equity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1353-1365
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2023

Keywords

  • Dental care
  • Latinos
  • oral health
  • rural health
  • telehealth

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