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Type: Journal article
Title: Associations between Indigenous Australian oral health literacy and self-reported oral health outcomes
Author: Parker, E.
Jamieson, L.
Citation: BMC Oral Health, 2010; 10(1):1-8
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd.
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 1472-6831
1472-6831
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Eleanor J. Parker and Lisa M. Jamieson
Abstract: Objectives: To determine oral health literacy (REALD-30) and oral health literacy-related outcome associations, and to calculate if oral health literacy-related outcomes are risk indicators for poor self-reported oral health among rural-dwelling Indigenous Australians. Methods: 468 participants (aged 17-72 years, 63% female) completed a self-report questionnaire. REALD-30 and oral health literacy-related outcome associations were determined through bivariate analysis. Multivariate modelling was used to calculate risk indicators for poor self-reported oral health. Results: REALD-30 scores were lower among those who believed teeth should be infrequently brushed, believed cordial was good for teeth, did not own a toothbrush or owned a toothbrush but brushed irregularly. Tooth removal risk indicators included being older, problem-based dental attendance and believing cordial was good for teeth. Poor self-rated oral health risk indicators included being older, healthcare card ownership, difficulty paying dental bills, problem-based dental attendance, believing teeth should be brushed infrequently and irregular brushing. Perceived need for dental care risk indicators included being female and problem-based dental attendance. Perceived gum disease risk indicators included being older and irregular brushing. Feeling uncomfortable about oro-facial appearance risk indicators included problem-based dental attendance and irregular brushing. Food avoidance risk indicators were being female, difficulty paying dental bills, problem-based dental attendance and irregular brushing. Poor oral health-related quality of life risk indicators included difficulty paying dental bills and problem-based dental attendance. Conclusions: REALD-30 was significantly associated with oral health literacy-related outcomes. Oral health literacy-related outcomes were risk indicators for each of the poor self-reported oral health domains among this marginalised population.
Keywords: Humans; Oral Hygiene; Questionnaires; Multivariate Analysis; Risk Factors; Cross-Sectional Studies; Dental Care; Culture; Adolescent; Adult; Aged; Middle Aged; Oceanic Ancestry Group; Oral Health; Australia; Female; Male; Young Adult; Health Literacy; Self-Assessment
Rights: © 2010 Parker and Jamieson; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
RMID: 0020097697
DOI: 10.1186/1472-6831-10-3
Published version: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6831/10/3
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