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dc.contributor.authorParker, E.en
dc.contributor.authorJamieson, L.en
dc.contributor.authorSteffens, M.en
dc.contributor.authorCathro, P.en
dc.contributor.authorLogan, R.en
dc.identifier.citationAustralian Dental Journal, 2011; 56(3):272-277en
dc.description.abstractBackground: 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.en
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityEJ Parker, LM Jamieson, MA Steffens, P Cathro, RM Loganen
dc.publisherAustralian Dental Assn Incen
dc.rights© 2011 Australian Dental Associationen
dc.subjectSelf-reported oral health; homeless adults.en
dc.titleSelf-reported oral health of a metropolitan homeless population in Australia: comparisons with population-level dataen
dc.typeJournal articleen
pubs.library.collectionDentistry publicationsen
dc.identifier.orcidParker, E. [0000-0002-6709-5476]en
dc.identifier.orcidJamieson, L. [0000-0001-9839-9280]en
dc.identifier.orcidLogan, R. [0000-0002-9331-1814]en
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