Oral and general health-related quality of life among young patients with haemophilia


Baskirt E. A. , Ak G. , Zulfikar B.

HAEMOPHILIA, cilt.15, ss.193-198, 2009 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

Özet

The clinical diagnosis of dental diseases may indicate their cause and prognosis, however it gives little information about resulting levels of impairment from the patients' perspective. In this study, we aimed to investigate oral and general health-related quality of life (OHRQoL-HRQoL) in patients with haemophilia; and to test whether haemophiliacs would have worse or better OHRQoL compared with the general population. Data were collected from haemophiliacs (age range 14-35; mean 23 +/- 6.58, n = 71) and age/sex-matched controls (age range 14-35; mean 21.00 +/- 6.45, n = 60) through face-to-face interviews including nine questions and using oral health impact profile (OHIP)-14, oral health-related quality of life-UK (OHQoL-UK), short-form general measure of health (SF)-36 to measure self-rating oral health status, perceived dental treatment needs, tooth brushing frequencies, OHRQoL-HRQoL. In the field of self-rating oral health status, perceived dental treatment needs, tooth brushing frequencies and OHIP, OHQoL-UK, SF-36 scores - except the subscales including vitality, role emotional and mental health - the control group is in better conditions compared with the haemophilia group. At the same time, both the two groups are in good conditions in dental attendance, vitality, role emotional and mental health. Life quality is related with the perceived discrepancy between the reality of what a person has and the concept of what that person wants, needs or expects. In order to eliminate the dilemma in the field of health, we should facilitate the haemophiliacs' lives by serving the health care in a multidisciplinary view.