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dc.contributor.authorZaheer, Ken_US
dc.contributor.authorWanyonyi, Ken_US
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, DMen_US
dc.description.abstractINTRODUCTION: The objective of this cross-sectional study was to investigate the oral health-related quality of life (OHQoL) amongst refugees at emergency dental clinics in settlements in Northern Greece. METHODS: A self-reported survey was undertaken in 7 settlements. The American Dental Association questionnaire on oral health (OH) was adapted and distributed to adults attending a mobile dental clinic between July and August 2017. Data were collected on sociodemographics, length of stay in settlement, utilisation of dental service, and OHQoL. Statistical analysis included descriptive analysis and Chi-square tests of associations. RESULTS: Of 156 participants, the majority were male (73%), were aged 18 to 34 (59%), and had education up to high school (48%). Most of the participants rated OH as fair or poor (76%) and had spent more than 6 months in the settlements (45%). A majority of the participants (85%) had no access to dental care without the mobile clinic. Negative impact on OHQoL was significantly (P < .05) related to settlement location and time spent, smoking status, frequency of cleaning teeth and use of fluoridated toothpaste, perceived OH, and time since last dental visit. Those who spent less than 1 month in the settlement reported a higher negative OHQoL impact related to chewing, anxiety, smiling, daily activity, and sleeping (range, 48%-73%) compared to those who had spent more than 6 months (range, 17%-41%) (P < .05). CONCLUSIONS: To the best of our knowledge, this is the first cross-sectional study assessing the OHQoL of refugees seeking emergency dental care in settlements in Greece. There is evidence that the refugees who were new arrivals to the settlements when provided with access to dental care reported a negative impact on their OHQoL. There is an urgent need for further research to understand the OH needs of refugees in Europe in order to design and deliver targeted and effective interventions.en_US
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dc.rightsThis is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license.
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dc.subjectOral healthen_US
dc.subjectQuality of lifeen_US
dc.subjectRefugee campsen_US
dc.subjectCross-Sectional Studiesen_US
dc.subjectOral Healthen_US
dc.subjectQuality of Lifeen_US
dc.titleOral Health-Related Quality of Life of Refugees in Settlements in Greece.en_US
dc.rights.holder© 2022 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. on behalf of FDI World Dental Federation.
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