Self-reported oral health among a community sample of people experiencing social and health inequities: Implications for the primary health care sector. Wallace et al. (2015)

Wallace, B., Browne, A. J., Varcoe, C., Ford-Gilboe, M., Wathen, C. N., Long, P. M., & Parker, J. (2015). Self-reported oral health among a community sample of people experiencing social and health inequities: Implications for the primary health care sector BMJ Open, 5(e009519)

Abstract from authors:

This paper describes the self-reported oral health issues among a community sample of primary care clients experiencing socioeconomic disadvantages. As part of a larger mixed-methods, multiple case study evaluating an equity-oriented primary healthcare intervention, we examined the oral health of a sample of 567 people receiving care at four clinics that serve marginalised populations in two Canadian provinces. The prevalence of self-rated poor oral health was high, and significant relationships were observed between poor oral health and vulnerabilities related to mental health, trauma and housing instability. Our findings suggest that the oral health of some Canadian populations may be dramatically worse than what is reported in existing population health surveys.

 

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