Conceptualizing oral health and oral health-related quality of life.
This investigation considers oral health from a health-related quality of life perspective using a multidimensional concept representing a combination of impairment, function, perceptions, and/or opportunity.
A subset of dentate individuals aged 18 and older from a national probability sample of the U.S. was selected for the reported analysis with data available from personal interviews, self-administered questionnaires, and oral examinations.
Impairment was represented by clinically assessed active diseases and sequelae of diseases and self-reported acute symptoms.
Other domains are represented by self-reported problems with function, perception of control over oral health, satisfaction with teeth, value attributed to oral health, and opportunity to obtain dental care.
Principal components analysis with varimax rotation provided a structure to interpret four factors : accumulated oral neglect, self-perceived symptoms and problems, reparable oral diseases, and oral health values and priorities.
Approximately 50% of the variance was explained by these four factors.
Factor-based scores, envisioned as an index or summary measure representing the combination of variables identified in each factor, were used to assess potential validity.
Whites had lower levels of accumulated oral neglect, fewer symptoms, and less reparable oral disease, but similar oral health values, than non-whites.
Level of formal education was associated with each of the four factor-based scores. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Qualité vie, Santé, Cavité buccale, Dent, Homme, Epidémiologie, Stomatologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Quality of life, Health, Oral cavity, Tooth, Human, Epidemiology, Stomatology
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0238813
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 11/06/1997.