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Type: Journal article
Title: Self-reported oral health of a metropolitan homeless population in Australia: comparisons with population-level data
Author: Parker, E.
Jamieson, L.
Steffens, M.
Cathro, P.
Logan, R.
Citation: Australian Dental Journal, 2011; 56(3):272-277
Publisher: Australian Dental Assn Inc
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 0045-0421
1834-7819
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EJ Parker, LM Jamieson, MA Steffens, P Cathro, RM Logan
Abstract: Background: There is limited information on self-perceived oral health of homeless populations. This study quantified self-reported oral health among a metropolitan homeless adult population and compared against a representative sample of the metropolitan adult population obtained from the National Survey of Adult Oral Health. Methods: A total of 248 homeless participants (age range 17–78 years, 79% male) completed a self-report questionnaire. Data for an age-matched, representative sample of metropolitan-dwelling adults were obtained from Australia’s second National Survey of Adult Oral Health. Percentage responses and 95% confidence intervals were calculated, with non-overlapping 95% confidence intervals used to identify statistically significant differences between the two groups. Results: Homeless adults reported poorer oral health than their age-matched general population counterparts. Twice as many homeless adults reported visiting a dentist more than a year ago and that their usual reason for dental attendance was for a dental problem. The proportion of homeless adults with a perceived need for fillings or extractions was also twice that of their age-matched general population counterparts. Three times as many homeless adults rated their oral health as 'fair' or 'poor'. Conclusions: A significantly greater proportion of homeless adults in an Australian metropolitan location reported poorer oral health compared with the general metropolitan adult population.
Keywords: Self-reported oral health; homeless adults.
Rights: © 2011 Australian Dental Association
RMID: 0020112437
DOI: 10.1111/j.1834-7819.2011.01346.x
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