Oral health related quality of life among imprisoned Dutch forensic psychiatric patients

Yvonne Buunk-Werkhoven, Arie Dijkstra, Rob M H Schaub, Cees van der Schans, Marinus Spreen

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Abstract

Because dental health and oral pathology may affect forensic psychiatric patients' well being, it is important to be able to assess oral health related quality of life (OH-QoL) in these patients. Two studies were conducted among Dutch forensic psychiatric male patients to assess the psychometric properties and some potential predictors of the Oral Health Impact Profile-14 (OHIP-14) as a measure of OH-QoL. Study 1 involved 40 patients who completed the OHIP-14 before receiving professional dental care and were retested 3 months later. The internal consistency was good, the test-retest correlations were fair, and over the 3 months follow-up no significant changes in OH-QoL were observed. Study 2 consisted of 39 patients who completed an improved version of the original OHIP-14, as well as measures to validate of the OHIP. Dental anxiety and unhealthy dentition jointly explained 26.7% of the variance in OH-QoL, and the better patients performed their oral hygiene behavior, the better their OH-QoL. It is concluded that the Dutch OHIP-14 is a useful instrument, and that nurses, especially in forensic nursing, should pay particularly attention to dental anxiety when encouraging patients to visit OH professionals and to perform adequate oral hygiene self-care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-143
JournalJournal of forensic nursing
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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Forensic Psychiatry
Oral Health
quality of life
Quality of Life
health
Dental Anxiety
Oral Hygiene
hygiene
Forensic Nursing
Oral Pathology
anxiety
Dentition
Dental Care
Self Care
Psychometrics
pathology
Tooth
psychometrics
Nurses
nursing

Keywords

  • dental care
  • forensic nursing
  • forensic psychiatry
  • mental disorders
  • netherlands
  • oral health
  • prisoners
  • psychometrics

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Buunk-Werkhoven, Yvonne ; Dijkstra, Arie ; Schaub, Rob M H ; van der Schans, Cees ; Spreen, Marinus. / Oral health related quality of life among imprisoned Dutch forensic psychiatric patients. In: Journal of forensic nursing. 2010 ; Vol. 6, No. 3. pp. 137-143.
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In: Journal of forensic nursing, Vol. 6, No. 3, 2010, p. 137-143.

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