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Prev Chronic Dis. 2008 Apr;5(2):A43. Epub 2008 Mar 15.

A new brief measure of oral quality of life.

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  • 1Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research, 200 Springs Road, Building 70 (152), Bedford, MA 01730, USA. nkressin@bu.edu

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

We developed a brief measure of the impact of oral conditions on individual functioning and well-being, known as oral quality of life.

METHODS:

Among older male veterans (N = 827) and community dental patients (N = 113), we administered surveys consisting of extant oral quality of life items, using clinical dental data from the veteran samples. We assigned each oral quality of life item to a theoretical dimension, conducted an iterative series of multitrait scaling analyses to examine the item-fit with the dimensions, reduced the number of items, and examined the psychometric characteristics of new scales and their association with clinical indices.

RESULTS:

We developed two brief oral quality of life scales, one consisting of 12 items and the other of 6, the latter a subset of the former. Each demonstrated sound psychometric properties and was sensitive to clinical indices.

CONCLUSION:

The two brief oral quality of life scales can be used to assess the population-based impact of oral conditions as well as outcomes of dental care.

PMID:
18341765
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PMCID:
PMC2396964
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