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Children’s Oral Health-Related Quality of Life Assessment

Advance: Many health service researchers today embrace a concept of health that goes beyond the absence of disease to include ‘a complete state of physical, mental, and social well-being. This paper presents an overview of children’s oral health-related quality of life and includes specific applications for using quality of life assessment in dental research. The process of developing pediatric oral health-related quality of life measures, in particular the Child Oral Health Impact Profile, is discussed.

Public Impact/Significance: Oral health-related quality of life plays an important role in understanding subjective patient evaluations of and experience with oral healthcare. Quality of life data often complement objective clinical data and are be useful in making treatment decisions and measuring efficaciousness of care.

Grant Support: Hillary L. Broder, New York University. Quality of Life in Children with Cleft (R01 DE018729).

Citation: Genderson MW, Sischo L, Markowitz K, Fine D, and Broder HL (2013). An overview of Children’s Oral Health-Related Quality of Life Assessment: From Scale Development to Measuring Outcomes, Caries Research. 47(S1):13-21 PubMed Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24107604​

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