Measuring oral health-related quality of life before and after dental treatment in patients in a remote area in Uttarakhand

AUTHOR(s) : Verma S, Chaturvedi N
DOI No. : 10.31741/ijhrmlp.v8.i1.2022.3


Background and aims: There is a strong connection between oral health and quality of life, which people often overlook. It is essential to improve the awareness of the importance of oral health among the common public. This study aims to determine the “Oral Health-Related Quality of Life (OHRQoL) of patients before and after dental treatment among service personnel in a remote area in Uttarakhand. It helps to ascertain the responsiveness of patients to developments in oral health after dental treatment and the level of awareness for overall well-being. Material and Methods: A structured questionnaire was used with a "5-Point Likert Scale" ranging from 1 to 5 (to determine the severity level of the problem affecting their quality of life). Informed express consent was obtained from the respondents. A sample size of 200 was used who had been through dental treatment with a follow-up for two weeks and interviewed before and after treatment. The study design was descriptivewith a progressive element. Conclusion: There is an improvement in quality of life after getting dental treatment among patients.

Keywords: Dental treatment; Responsiveness; OHRQoL.

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