Dental Informatics and Dental Research   Conference, June 12-13, 2003: Making the Connection
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Gregg H. Gilbert, DDS, MBA

Professor, Chair, Assistant Dean for Research


Research Interests:
  • Oral epidemiology
  • Dental health services research
  • Oral health disparities
Current Projects:

2002-2005 Principal Investigator, “Oral health/OHRQOL among low-SES rural adults”, NIH-NIDCR-R21-DE-14999, $541,875. This is a grant to investigate the influence that oral health has on oral health-related quality of life (OHRQOL), nutritional status, and life-space mobility among low socioeconomic status (SES) adults.

2002-2003 Investigator, “Comparing Outcomes Between Non-Randomized Treatment Groups”, University of Alabama at Birmingham Lister Hill Center for Health Policy Research intramural grant, $19,408. This is a grant to fund methodologic analyses to investigate three methods used to account for selection bias in observational health studies (Heckman’s selection bias correction, instrumental variables analysis, and propensity score adjustment).

2002-2004 Principal Investigator, , second competing renewal grant, NIH-NIDCR-R01-DE-11020, $472,654. This is a 2nd competing renewal grant for a prospective longitudinal cohort study of oral health and dental care use called the Florida Dental Care Study. Data collection for the project ended in 2000. This renewal is devoted to data analysis and manuscript preparation only. Although a total of 44 manuscripts and publications had resulted from the study to that point, a large number of original contributions remain for publication and dissemination.

2001-2006 Principal Investigator, "Mid-Career Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research", NIH-NIDCR-K24-DE-14164, $613,081. This grant provides salary support, career development, and establishes a formalized mentoring program in oral health patient-oriented research.

2001-2003 Principal Investigator, “A Statewide Network to Enhance Oral Health Research Infrastructure”, University of Alabama at Birmingham Health Services Foundation, UAHSF # 200124, $122,000. This grant provides funds to establish a dental practice-based research network of dentists in private practice throughout the state of Alabama. The intent is to facilitate transfer of cutting-edge research findings quickly into daily dental private practice, and to develop an infrastructure to conduct “real-world” dental care effectiveness studies.

Selected Publications:

Gilbert GH, Rose JS, Shelton BJ. A prospective study of the validity of self-reported use of specific types of dental services. Public Health Reports 2003; 118(1): 18-26.

Chavers LS, Gilbert GH, Shelton BJ. Two-year incidence of oral disadvantage, a measure of oral health-related quality of life. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology 2003; 31(1):21-29.

Gilbert GH, Shelton BJ, Chavers LS, Bradford EH Jr. The paradox of dental need in a population-based study of dentate adults. Medical Care 2003; 41(1): 119-134.

Gilbert GH, Shah GR, Shelton BJ, Heft MW, Bradford EH Jr, Chavers LS. Racial differences in predictors of dental care use. Health Services Research 2002; 37(6): 1487-1507.

Riley JL III, Gilbert GH, Heft MW. Race/ethnic differences in health care use for orofacial pain among older adults. Pain 2002; 100(1-2): 119-130.

Gilbert GH, Duncan RP, Rose JS, Shelton BJ. Tooth loss occurring at a place other than a health-care facility: 72-month incidence. Journal of Dental Research 2002; 81(12): 860-865.

Riley JL III, Gilbert GH, Heft MW. Orofacial pain-related communication patterns: sex and residential setting differences among community-dwelling adults. Pain 2002; 99(3): 415-422.

Peek CW, Gilbert GH, Duncan RP. Predictors of chewing difficulty onset among dentate adults: 24-month incidence. Journal of Public Health Dentistry 2002; 62(4): 214-221.

Gilbert GH, Shelton BJ, Chavers LS, Bradford EH Jr. Predicting tooth loss during a population-based study: role of attachment loss in the presence of other dental conditions. Journal of Periodontology 2002; 73(12): 1427-1436.

Gilbert GH, Rose JS, Shelton BJ. A prospective study of the validity of data on self-reported dental visits. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology 2002; 30(5): 352-362.