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J Korean Acad Nurs. 2010 Oct;40(5):747-55. doi: 10.4040/jkan.2010.40.5.747.

[Degree of dry mouth and factors influencing oral health-related quality of life for community-dwelling elders].

[Article in Korean]

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Department of Nursing, Sun Moon University, Asan, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This study was conducted to investigate the degree of dry mouth and oral health-related quality of life and to identify factors contributing to oral health-related quality of life for community-dwelling elders.

METHODS:

A descriptive correlational study design was used. Participants were 156 older adults from two senior welfare centers. Data were collected on February 21, 22 and 29, 30, 2009 using structured questionnaires. Enter type multiple regression analysis was used to identify factors influencing oral health-related quality of life according to general and oral health characteristics.

RESULTS:

There were significant differences in oral health-related quality of life according to living arrangement, insurance, smoking, number of natural teeth, and denture type. The oral health-related quality of life had significant correlations with the number of chronic disease, number of medications, and dry mouth. Factors influencing oral health-related quality of life for community-dwelling older adults were dry mouth, number of chronic disease, and medical aid, which explained about 47.9% of total variance.

CONCLUSION:

These results indicate that in order to promote oral health-related quality of life for older adults, prevention or management of chronic diseases as well as oral health and dry mouth are needed for this population, and especially economically poor elders.

PMID:
21157176
DOI:
10.4040/jkan.2010.40.5.747
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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