Quality of life impacts following childhood dento-alveolar trauma

PORRITT, Jenny, RODD, Helen and BAKER, Sarah (2011). Quality of life impacts following childhood dento-alveolar trauma. Dental Traumatology, 27 (1), 2-9.

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Link to published version:: 10.1111/j.1600-9657.2010.00943.x

Abstract

Background: Dental injuries occur commonly in childhood and may necessitate demanding courses of treatment. The aim of this study was to investigate a variety of clinical and demographic factors that may influence the quality of life impacts experienced by children after a dental injury.

Method: A total of 244 children who attended a UK dental hospital, for management of traumatised permanent incisors, were invited to participate in the study. Clinical, demographic and psychosocial variables were collected at baseline, and outcome variables were assessed again at a 6-month follow up. Clinical variables included number of teeth injured; severity of the dental injury; visibility of the injury; time since injury; and number of dental appointments attended within the hospital. Psychosocial outcomes assessed included children’s oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) and health-related quality of life (HRQoL).

Results: One hundred and eight children participated in the baseline study (44% response rate), and of this group of children, a total of 70 children completed follow-up questionnaires (65% response rate). The results indicated that the most affected areas of children’s OHRQoL and HRQoL were functional limitations and school-related activities, respectively. Of all the demographic and clinical variables, which were investigated within the current study, the only variable that significantly predicted OHRQoL and HRQoL for children was gender. Boys were found to report fewer impacts on their OHRQoL and HRQoL than girls. Interestingly, over two-thirds of children reported fewer impacts at the 6-month follow up.

Conclusions: The results revealed that girls were more likely to report higher level of impacts on their OHRQoL and HRQoL than boys following traumatic injury to their permanent incisors. Clinical variables were not significant predictors of child quality of life outcomes following dento-alveolar trauma at baseline or at the 6-month follow up.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Psychology Research Group
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1600-9657.2010.00943.x
Depositing User: Jenny Porritt
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2012 16:30
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2012 16:30
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6103

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