Parental reports of the oral health-related quality of life of children with cerebral palsy

Abanto, Jenny; Saads Carvalho, Thiago; Bönecker, Marcelo; Ortega, Adriana Ol; Ciamponi, Ana L; Raggio, Daniela P (2012). Parental reports of the oral health-related quality of life of children with cerebral palsy. BMC Oral Health, 12(15), p. 15. BioMed Central 10.1186/1472-6831-12-15

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BACKGROUND The severity of physical and mental impairments and oral problems, as well as socioeconomic factors, may have an impact on quality of life of children with cerebral palsy (CP). The aim of this research was to assess the impact of impairments and oral health conditions, adjusted by socioeconomic factors, on the Oral Health-Related Quality of Life (OHRQoL) of children with CP using their parents as proxies. METHODS Sixty children, between 6-14 years of age were selected. Their parents answered a children's OHRQoL instrument (5 domains) which combines the Parental-Caregivers Perception Questionnaire (P-CPQ) and Family Impact Scale (FIS). The severity of dental caries, type of CP, communication ability, gross motor function, seizures and socioeconomic conditions were assessed. RESULTS Considering the total score of the OHRQoL instrument, only the reduction of communication ability and dental caries severity had a negative impact on the OHRQoL (p < 0.05). Considering each domain of the instrument, the severity of the type of CP and its reduction of communication ability showed a negative impact on oral symptoms and functional limitations domains (p < 0.05). Seizures have a negative impact on oral symptoms domain (p = 0.006). The multivariate fitted model showed that the severity of dental caries, communication ability and low family income were negatively associated with the impact on OHRQoL (p = 0.001). CONCLUSIONS The severity of dental caries, communication ability, and family income are conditions strongly associated with a negative impact on OHRQoL of children with CP.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > School of Dental Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Saads Carvalho, Thiago

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1472-6831

Publisher:

BioMed Central

Language:

English

Submitter:

Thiago Saads Carvalho

Date Deposited:

30 Sep 2016 10:49

Last Modified:

02 Oct 2016 01:49

Publisher DOI:

10.1186/1472-6831-12-15

PubMed ID:

22708973

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.39488

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/39488

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