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Oral health related quality of life according to firefighters' job characteristics

황세현 1 김성애 1 Ji-Young Lee 2 KoHyoJin 3 Jung-Hyun Park 4 Urm Sang Hwa 5 Byeng Chul Yu 6

1영산대학교
2동주대학교
3동의대학교
4춘해보건대학교
5인제대학교
6고신대학교

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Objectives: The purpose of the study was to investigate the oral health related quality of life according to work factors of firefighters in Korea. Methods: A self-reported questionnaire was completed by 270 firefighters in Changwon, Gimhae, and Ulsan from June 27 to July 24, 2011 after receiving informed consent. The questionnaire consisted of 5 questions of general characteristics of the subjects, 6 questions of job-related characteristics, and 14 questions of oral health related quality of life(OHIP-14). Data analysis was performed with reliability test, descriptive analysis, t-test, analysis of variance(ANOVA) and multiple regression analysis using SAS(version 9.2) program. Results: The score of oral health related quality of life in firefighters was 10.1±8.0. The scores of subscale of the oral health quality of life were 2.4±1.5 in physical pain, 1.8±1.5 in psychological discomfort, 1.5±1.5 in physical disability, 1.4±1.5 in functional limitation, 1.3±1.4 psychological disability, 0.9±1.3 in handicap, and 0.7±1.3 in social disability. The related factors of oral health quality of life in firefighters were rank(p=0.016) and the frequency of daily mobilization(p=0.029). Conclusions: Oral health related quality of life in firefighters was relatively in good condition. For the better oral health related quality of life in firefighters, it is important to establish the continuing oral health promotion program for those who have irregular job characteristics and job intensity.

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