OHRQoLOral Health-Related Quality of Life
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The questionnaires consisted of close-ended questions: one containing socio-demographic variables, another one in which self-perception of oral health was evaluated, and the Oral health impact profile --OHIP-14, which evaluates OHRQoL in seven domains, ranging from 0 (best oral health status) to 56 points (worst oral health status), validated for use in Brazil by Oliveira and Nadanovsky (19).
HRQoL is "a multidimensional concept that reflects how long people live and how well people live at the same time" Similarly, OHRQoL is "a multidimensional complex of inter-related domains such as the absence of a potentially lethal disease and pathological changes, absence of pain and other symptoms, the presence of adequate masticatory function, adequate emotional and social function and overall oral health satisfaction" [13].
A self-administrated questionnaire was designed, and face-to-face interviews were conducted by one dentist trained in OHRQoL terms between October 2007 and September 2009.
Furthermore, OHRQoL in patients with xerostomia has not been widely studied, even though xerostomia is a common clinical condition with a growing prevalence.
It is also believed that children with malocclusion and/or caries experience a greater negative impact on OHRQoL.
In the present study, data were collected on older adults via the Oral Health Impact Profile (OHIP) and compared to research on OHRQOL and tooth whitening on college-age students.
The finding that the higher the OHIP-14 total and the subscale scores, the more diminished OHRQoL, and thus the poorer the perceived OH status and satisfaction, provided further evidence of the instrument's construct validity.
OHRQoL in partially edentulous patients treated with removable, fixed, fixed-removable and implant supported prosthesis.
The aim of the present study was to determine the agreement between reports by adolescents and their mothers regarding the impact of oral conditions on adolescents' OHRQoL.
Initially, due to their better communicative abilities, research on OHRQoL concentrated on adults, rather than children.
The OHIP measures OHRQOL on seven subscales: functional factors, psychological disabilities, psychological discomforts, physical disabilities, social disabilities, handicaps, and physical pain.
Several instruments measuring OHRQoL have been developed to minimize cultural and social disparities and also to provide measures that surpass the biomedical models.