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ASTDD Basic Screening Surveys

The 2008 revisions to the children's publication and any accompanying materials were supported by
Cooperative Agreement U58/CCU7236 from the Division of Oral Health, Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) and Cooperative Agreement U44MC00177from the Maternal and Child Health
Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services.
The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official
views of CDC or HRSA

Funding for the Older Adult publication was provided through the Division of Oral Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cooperative Agreement
# 5U58DP001695-02.

ASTDD Basic Screening Survey for Children Planning and Implementation Packet

This packet, which consists of a CD and DVD, includes all the information you will need to plan and conduct a Basic Screening Survey of preschool or school age children. We recommend that each organization conducting a BSS order 1 complete packet. The CD and DVD may be replicated if you need additional copies.  The packet is available in Spanish.

The CD contains:

  • BSS Manual - A Step by step guide for the process of conducting a data gathering survey.
  • Examiner training presentation with clinical slides; A short Power Point presentation that was developed as a framework for the didactic portion of an examiner training session. It includes the diagnostic criteria photos from the Basic Screening Survey manual plus other photos and items that you might find useful. The presentation is designed to be modified to meet your specific needs, so please take the time to review and adapt before using.
  • Epi Info files for data entry and basic analysis
  • Reference guide for screeners
  • Information on the impact of HIPAA and IRB review on oral health surveys. This is a short synopsis that gives general guidance and resources on IRB review and HIPAA compliance in terms of oral health surveys.
  • The Basic Screening Survey - A tool for Oral Health Surveillance not Research. A short description of the BSS tool and its use in oral health surveillance.
  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Family Education Rights Privacy Act (FERPA), Protection of Pupil Rights Act (PPRA). ASTDD developed this short summary describing these three statutes that give you general guidance and resources on NSLP disclosure policies, FERPA and PPRA in terms of oral health surveys.

The DVD contains:

  • Examiner training video for dental professionals
  • Examiner training video for non-dental professionals such as school nurses

ASTDD Basic Screening Survey for Older Adults Planning and Implementation Packet

Order Basic Screening Survey for Older Adults Packets Online

This packet, which consists of a CD and DVD, includes all the information you will need to plan and conduct a Basic Screening Survey of high risk older adults at congregate meal sites or long-term care facilities. We recommend that each organization conducting a BSS order 1 complete packet. The CD and DVD may be replicated if you need additional copies.

The CD contains:

  • BSS Manual; A step by step guide for the process of conducting an oral health survey of older adults.
  • Information on the impact of HIPAA and IRB review on oral health surveys. This is a short synopsis that gives general guidance and resources on IRB review and HIPAA compliance in terms of oral health surveys.
  • The Basic Screening Survey - A tool for Oral Health Surveillance not Research. A short description of the BSS tool and its use in oral health surveillance.

The DVD contains:

  • Examiner training video for dental professionals

Reference Documents

ASTDD has developed several reference documents regarding the Basic Screening Survey Tool and its use for oral health surveillance that you may find useful. We recommend that you take the time to review these short documents.

  • IRB, HIPAA and Oral Health Surveys: A short synopsis that gives general guidance and resources on IRB review and HIPAA compliance in terms of oral health surveys.
  • The Basic Screening Survey - A tool for Oral Health Surveillance not Research. A short description of the BSS tool and its use in oral health surveillance.
  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Family Education Rights Privacy Act (FERPA), Protection of Pupil Rights Act (PPRA). ASTDD developed this short summary describing these three statutes that give you general guidance and resources on NSLP disclosure policies, FERPA and PPRA in terms of oral health surveys.
  • Guidance on Selecting a Sample For a School-Based Oral Health Survey - Is your state, territory or local health agency planning to conduct a school-based oral health survey? If yes, then you undoubtedly have questions about how to select an appropriate sample. This topic is important because proper sampling design and methods are crucial for valid population estimates and statistical assessments of precision of estimates. The purpose of this document is to give you a basic framework for how a sample of schools is selected. Although this document is geared towards states and territories, the techniques are appropriate for other jurisdictions such as counties.
    (January 2013)
  • Guidance on How to Analyze Data From a School-Based Oral Health Survey Has your state, territory or local health agency conducted a school-based oral health survey? If yes, then you probably have questions about how to appropriately weight and analyze the data to best represent the target population of your survey. The purpose of this document is to provide a basic framework for how to appropriately analyze data from a statewide school-based oral health survey that employed a complex sampling design. (July 2013)

Technical Assistance Request Form

State, territorial and local health jurisdictions may receive technical assistance on the development and implementation of a Basic Screening Survey. To request technical assistance please complete and submit the
TA request form.