Oral health impacts and quality of life in an urban homeless population

Ford, P. J., Cramb, S. and Farah, C. S. (2014) Oral health impacts and quality of life in an urban homeless population. Australian Dental Journal, 59 2: 234-239. doi:10.1111/adj.12167

Author Ford, P. J.
Cramb, S.
Farah, C. S.
Title Oral health impacts and quality of life in an urban homeless population
Journal name Australian Dental Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0045-0421
Publication date 2014-06-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/adj.12167
Open Access Status
Volume 59
Issue 2
Start page 234
End page 239
Total pages 6
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Homeless people experience a much higher burden of general health conditions and have much poorer oral health than the rest of the population. The aim of this study was to determine the oral health impacts and general quality of life of an urban homeless population.

Methods: A convenience sample of 58 adults (dentate n = 56) experiencing homelessness were assessed using a survey which included the 14-item Oral Health Impact Profile and the 26-item World Health Organization's Quality of Life – short version. A subset (n = 34) also underwent a dental examination.

Results: The study participants were younger, more likely to be Indigenous, smoked daily and avoided dental care because of cost than the rest of the population. Dentate homeless adults reported significantly greater oral health impacts when compared with the Australian dentate population. General quality of life was significantly poorer than for the rest of the population. Treatment need was associated with greater oral health impacts.

Conclusions: Poor oral health is prevalent and adversely impacts quality of life for homeless people, but it is only one of a range of complex social and health challenges being faced by these individuals. Dental care should be better integrated within homeless support services. 
Keyword Dental care
Oral health
Quality of life
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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