Oral health-related quality of life of children with neutropenia


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Abstract

This study evaluated the oral healthrelated quality of life (OHQoL) in children with neutropenia. Twenty-seven children with neutropenia were compared to 33 healthy, age-matched control subjects. Previously validated age-specific, multidimensional and self-reporting child OHQoL questionnaires were used. Overall and subscale scores were compared between the two groups. Respondents in the group of children with neutropenia reported that their disease had a significant impact on their oral health in terms of oral symptoms (p<0.0001), functional limitations (p<0.0001), and social well-being (p<0.0001). In global ratings, they rated their oral health to be markedly worse than that of the healthy subjects (p<0.0001). However, there was no difference between the groups in the extent to which their oral condition affected their lives overall. These results, along with responses to individual measures of social and emotional well-being, suggest that children in this group with neutropenia have psychologically adapted to the oral health challenges they experience because of their condition.

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