The use of quality of life measures in oral medicine: a review of the literature.
AffiliationOral Medicine Unit, Cork University Dental School and Hospital, Wilton, Cork, Ireland. email@example.com
MeSHAttitude to Health
Quality of Life
Salivary Gland Diseases
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CitationThe use of quality of life measures in oral medicine: a review of the literature. 2010, 16 (5):419-30 Oral Dis
AbstractTo explore the use of patient reported quality of life measures in oral medicine, to highlight the importance of use of these measures in oral medicine practice and to provide guidance for the selection of such measures in the future.
A detailed literature review was undertaken to investigate the use of quality of life measures in oral medicine. The databases searched were MEDLINE (through PubMed), EMBASE, CINDHL, Web of Science Citation Index and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and randomised controlled trials.
The initial literature search yielded a total of 5310 citations; however, only 63 of these fulfilled the inclusion criteria. Twenty-two articles were regarding oral mucosal conditions, 14 related to orofacial pain disorders and 27 were regarding salivary gland-related conditions.
The evaluation of quality of life in oral medicine has a broad applicability, providing information in treatment-based studies and population-based studies. A predominance of generic and oral health specific quality of life measures are being used to a limited extent in oral medicine practice. A scarcity of reports of the development, validation or use of disease specific measures is evident.