Will improving access to dental care improve oral health-related quality of life?

Crocombe, L. A., Mahoney, G. D., Spencer, A. J. and Waller, M. (2013) Will improving access to dental care improve oral health-related quality of life?. Australian Dental Journal, 58 2: 192-199. doi:10.1111/adj.12060


Author Crocombe, L. A.
Mahoney, G. D.
Spencer, A. J.
Waller, M.
Title Will improving access to dental care improve oral health-related quality of life?
Journal name Australian Dental Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0045-0421
1834-7819
Publication date 2013-06
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/adj.12060
Open Access Status
Volume 58
Issue 2
Start page 192
End page 199
Total pages 8
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background
The aim of this study was to determine if Australian Defence Force (ADF) members had better oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) than the general Australian population and whether the difference was due to better access to dental care.

Methods
The OHRQoL, as measured by OHIP-14 summary indicators, of participants from the Defence Deployed Solomon Islands (SI) Health Study and the National Survey of Adult Oral Health 2004–06 (NSAOH) were compared. The SI sample was age/gender status-adjusted to match that of the NSAOH sample which was age/gender/regional location weighted to that of the Australian population.

Results
NSAOH respondents with good access to dental care had lower OHIP-14 summary measures [frequency of impacts 8.5% (95% CI = 5.4, 11.6), extent mean = 0.16 (0.11, 0.22), severity mean = 5.0 (4.4, 5.6)] than the total NSAOH sample [frequency 18.6 (16.6, 20.7); extent 0.52 (0.44, 0.59); severity 7.6 (7.1, 8.1)]. The NSAOH respondents with both good access to dental care and self-reported good general health did not have as low OHIP-14 summary scores as in the SI sample [frequency 2.6 (1.2, 5.4), extent 0.05 (0.01, 0.10); severity 2.6 (1.9, 3.4)].

Conclusions
ADF members had better OHRQoL than the general Australian population, even those with good access to dental care and self-reported good general health.
Keyword Dental care/utilization
Dental health surveys
Oral health
Outcome assessment (health care)
Quality of life
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2014 Collection
School of Public Health Publications
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