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Oral Health Related Quality of Life among a Large National Cohort of 87,134 Thai Adults

Yiengprugsawan, Vasoontara; Somkotra, Tewarit; Thai Cohort Study Team; Seubsman, Sam-ang; Sleigh, Adrian

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Background: Oral health has been of interest in many low and middle income countries due to its impact on general health and quality of life. But there are very few population-based reports of adult Oral Health Related Quality of Life (OHRQoL) in developing countries. To address this knowledge gap for Thailand, we report oral health findings from a national cohort of 87,134 Thai adults aged between 15 and 87 years and residing all over the country.Methods: In 2005, a comprehensive health...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorYiengprugsawan, Vasoontara
dc.contributor.authorSomkotra, Tewarit
dc.contributor.authorThai Cohort Study Team
dc.contributor.authorSeubsman, Sam-ang
dc.contributor.authorSleigh, Adrian
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:12:30Z
dc.identifier.issn1477-7525
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/49686
dc.description.abstractBackground: Oral health has been of interest in many low and middle income countries due to its impact on general health and quality of life. But there are very few population-based reports of adult Oral Health Related Quality of Life (OHRQoL) in developing countries. To address this knowledge gap for Thailand, we report oral health findings from a national cohort of 87,134 Thai adults aged between 15 and 87 years and residing all over the country.Methods: In 2005, a comprehensive health questionnaire was returned by distance learning cohort members recruited through Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University. OHRQoL dimensions included were discomfort speaking, swallowing, chewing, social interaction and pain. We calculated multivariate (adjusted) associations between OHRQoL outcomes, and sociodemographic, health behaviour and dental status.Results: Overall, discomfort chewing (15.8%), social interaction (12.5%), and pain (10.6%) were the most commonly reported problems. Females were worse off for chewing, social interaction and pain. Smokers had worse OHRQoL in all dimensions with Odds Ratios (OR) ranging from 1.32 to 1.51. Having less than 20 teeth was strongly associated with difficulty speaking (OR = 6.43), difficulty swallowing (OR = 6.27), and difficulty chewing (OR = 3.26).Conclusions: Self-reported adverse oral health correlates with individual function and quality of life. Outcomes are generally worse among females, the poor, smokers, drinkers and those who have less than 20 teeth. Further longitudinal study of the cohort analysed here will permit assessment of causal determinants of poor oral health and the efficacy of preventive programs in Thailand.
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dc.rightsCopyright Information: © 2011 Yiengprugsawan et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricte
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dc.sourceHealth and Quality of Life Outcomes
dc.subjectKeywords: adolescent; adult; age distribution; aged; article; calculation; cohort analysis; controlled study; demography; dental care; disease association; dysphagia; female; General Health Questionnaire; general oral health assessment index; Health Assessment Ques Cohort study; Oral health; Oral Health-Related Quality of Life; Thailand; Tooth loss
dc.titleOral Health Related Quality of Life among a Large National Cohort of 87,134 Thai Adults
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume9
dc.date.issued2011
local.identifier.absfor160807 - Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
local.identifier.absfor110505 - Oral Medicine and Pathology
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4468094xPUB190
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationYiengprugsawan, Vasoontara, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationSomkotra, Tewarit, Chulalongkorn University
local.contributor.affiliationSeubsman, Sam-ang, Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University
local.contributor.affiliationSleigh, Adrian, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationThai Cohort Study Team, The, The Thai Cohort Study Team
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage42
local.identifier.doi10.1186/1477-7525-9-42
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T11:08:21Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-79958286220
local.identifier.thomsonID000292188000001
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