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Does different wording of a global oral health question provide different results?
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Örebro University Hospital. Department of Dentistry, Örebro County Council, Örebro, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8969-1650
Dental Commissioning Unit, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden; Department of Oral Public Health, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-6357, E-ISSN 1502-3850, Vol. 73, no 4, 250-257 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: Focusing on 70-year-old adults in Sweden and guided by the conceptual framework of International Classification of Impairments, Disabilities and Handicaps (ICIDH), the purpose of this study was to examine the extent to which socio-demographic characteristics, self-reported oral disease and social/psychological/physical oral health outcome variables are associated with two global measures of self-assessed satisfaction with oral health in Swedish 70-year-olds and if there is a degree of discordance between these global questions.

Background: It has become an important task to create a simple way to measure self-perceived oral health. In these attempts to find practical ways to measure health, the 'global oral health question' is a possible tool to measure self-rated oral health, but there is limited knowledge about how important the wording of this question is.

Materials and methods: In 2012, a questionnaire was mailed to all persons born in 1942 in two Swedish counties, Örebro (T) and Östergötland (E). The total population of 70-year-olds amounted to 7889. Bivariate analyses were conducted by cross-tabulation and Chi-square statistics. Multivariate analyses were conducted using binary multiple logistic regression.

Results: The two global oral health question of 70-year-olds in Sweden was mainly explained by the number of teeth (OR = 5.6 and 5.2), chewing capacity (OR = 6.9 and 4.2), satisfaction with dental appearance (OR = 19.8 and 17.3) and Oral Impact on Daily Performance (OIDP) (OR = 3.5 and 3.9). Conclusion. Regardless of the wording, it seems that the concept of a global oral health question has the same main determinants.

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2015. Vol. 73, no 4, 250-257 p.
Keyword [en]
Elderly; Global oral health question; OHRQoL
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Dentistry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-38722DOI: 10.3109/00016357.2013.794390ISI: 000351506000002PubMedID: 23919598Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84925071221OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-38722DiVA: diva2:764178
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Department of Dentistry, Örebro County

Dental Commissioning Unit, Östergotland County

Available from: 2014-11-18 Created: 2014-11-18 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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