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SELF-REPORTED ORAL HEALTH PROBLEMS AND ORAL HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE IN MALAY WOMEN LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 10 December 2016 11:11

Norkhafizah Saddki, Kit Yan Yong

School of Dental Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Health Campus, 16150 Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, Malaysia.

ABSTRACT

We investigated self-perceived oral health problems and oral health-related quality of life (OHRQOL) of Malay women living with HIV/AIDS (WLWHA) in Kelantan, Malaysia. A sample of 82 WLWHA registered with a non-government organization that provides support for single mothers and children with HIV/AIDS participated in this cross-sectional study. Self-administered questionnaires including the Malay version of 14-item Oral Health Impact Profile were used. Oral health problems were prevalent in the women (78.6%). Common oral problems reported were cavitated teeth (54.9%) and toothache (43.9%). Prevalence of oral impact was 41.5%. The mean severity and extent of impact were 9.66 (SD 8.56) and 1.02 (SD 1.89) respectively. The prevalence, severity and extent of impact were not associated with the women’s socio-demographic background such as age, education level, employment and marital status but both extent and severity of impacts were significantly higher in women who reported gum swelling and in those with bad breath. Severity of impacts was also higher in women complaining of bleeding gums. A significant association was also found between self-reported oral health problems and perceived general health status. Findings from this study suggested that oral health problems were common in WLWHA and impacts of the problems on the women’s OHRQOL and general health perceptions were apparent. We suggest that oral health professionals assume more proactive role in managing HIV patients to ensure delivery of holistic patient care.

 

Keywords: oral health, quality of life, women, HIV

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