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Evaluating Oral Health and Quality of Life in the Aging U.S population

Wang, Anne (2017) Evaluating Oral Health and Quality of Life in the Aging U.S population. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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The amount of people aged 65+ in the U.S. is increasing, and they are different than the previous generations: they have more teeth, have more disposable income, have more independence and are living longer lives in the community. Predictions for the future 65+ age group are that they will be more ethnically diverse, have more complex medical needs, and have greater dental needs as well. Dental needs are not easily calculated outside of a clinical setting but by using measures of oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL), several dimensions can be captured. Quality of oral health is gaining importance due to the recognition that oral health is tied to general health. OHRQoL can be used alone but can also be an excellent adjunct to clinical measures. The main hypothesis of this proposal is that there are unmet oral health needs in the older community in Allegheny County that can be revealed through OHRQoL surveys. The enclosed survey is a descriptive, formative study that measures OHRQoL in older adults in Pittsburgh who participate in Meals on Wheels; the intention is to understand the quality of oral health in older adults. The public health significance of Allegheny County OHRQoL survey results is the ability to understand the oral health perceptions and needs of the older adults in Pittsburgh. By gaining that knowledge, it will lead public health efforts, policies and clinicians to address and to anticipate the current and future oral health needs of the geriatric population


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Wang, Annealw152@pitt.eduALW152
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFinegold, Daviddnf@pitt.edudnfUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberRubin, Richardrrubin@pitt.edurrubinUNSPECIFIED
Date: April 2017
Date Type: Submission
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Multidisciplinary MPH
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2017 15:34
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2023 11:56


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