Oral health-related quality of life in children: Part III. Is there agreement between parents in rating their children’s oral health-related quality of life? A systematic review

Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Piracicaba Dental School, State University of Campinas, Piracicaba, SP, Brazil.
International Journal of Dental Hygiene (Impact Factor: 1.06). 06/2008; 6(2):108-13. DOI: 10.1111/j.1601-5037.2007.00271.x
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One issue that receives a great deal of attention is the comparison between measurement of children's oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) reports with those of their parents. However, the extent to which parents understand the effects of ill-health on their children's lives remains unanswered. The purpose of this systematic review was to identify the literature on the nature, extent and the pattern of agreement/disagreement between parent and child reports about child OHRQoL and assess the association between them.
The literature was searched using MEDLINE, ISI, Lilacs and Scielo, from January 1985 to March 2007. The selected studies used well-validated instruments and provided children's and parent's perceptions of child OHRQoL.
A total of 87 articles were retrieved and five were selected for the review, which showed that children and parents do not necessarily share similar views about child OHRQoL. Some parents may have limited knowledge about their children's OHRQoL, particularly the impact on social and emotional well-being.
Valid and reliable information can be obtained from parents and children using appropriate questionnaire techniques. Although the parents' reports may be incomplete due to lack of knowledge about certain experiences, they still provide useful information.

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    • "For example, quality of life (QOL) is a subjective concept and should therefore be captured directly from the patient. However, proxy reporting of QOL is widespread, particularly in pediatric studies where children have been considered to be unreliable respondents [4] [5] and in studies where the respondents have cognitive impairments [6] [7]. When the agreement between two groups of raters of unequal sizes is examined, the BlandeAltman method requires adjustment. "
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    • "A systematic review reported that social wellbeing was the least affected domain [29] as seen in our study too. A possible reason for this finding may be the widely discussed limits to parents’ knowledge about the social aspects of a child’s OHRQoL [31]. "
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    ABSTRACT: Background Many young paediatric patients with severe dental caries receive dental treatment under general anaesthesia. Oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) can be evaluated to assess the outcome of dental general anaesthesia (DGA) treatment. The aim of our study was to examine the OHRQoL of young Lithuanian children in need of DGA treatment and analyse the impact of DGA treatment on children’s OHRQoL. Methods We carried out a prospective clinical follow-up study on OHRQoL among all young Lithuanian child patients who received DGA treatment at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Hospital during 2010–2012. The study consisted of clinical dental examinations of patients younger than six years, data collected from their patient files, and an OHRQoL survey completed by their parents prior to the child’s dental treatment. We conducted a follow-up OHRQoL survey one month after the DGA treatment. The Early Childhood Oral Health Impact Scale (ECOHIS) and its effect size (ES) served to evaluate children’s OHRQoL, and the Wilcoxon signed-rank test served for statistical analyses. Results We obtained complete baseline and follow-up data for 140 and 122 participants, respectively (84.7% follow-up rate). Pain and eating problems among children and parents feeling upset and guilty were the most frequently reported impacts at baseline. The parents reported greater impacts on boys than on girls. The ECOHIS score decreased significantly (69.5%, p < 0.001) after DGA treatment, revealing a large ES for the child (1.6) and family (2.4) sections of the ECOHIS. Conclusions The OHRQoL of young Lithuanian children requiring DGA treatment is seriously impaired. Dental general anaesthesia treatment results in significant improvement of the children’s OHRQoL. The children’s parents also greatly appreciate this treatment modality for its positive impact on the family’s quality of life.
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    • "This information can be either provided by children or parents, even if they do not necessarily share similar opinions on OHRQoL. Although parents may report incomplete information about their children, possibly due to the lack of knowledge on some of their children's experiences, the children can still provide and complement the information given by parents [35]. The ECOHIS is one of the instruments which seems to have an appropriate assessment technique, so, it is possible to obtain valid and reliable information from preschool children concerning their OHRQoL [16,36]. "
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    ABSTRACT: The presence of traumatic dental injuries and malocclusions can have a negative impact on quality of life of young children and their parents, affecting their oral health and well-being. The aim of this study was to assess the impact of traumatic dental injuries and anterior malocclusion traits on the Oral Health-Related Quality of Life (OHRQoL) of children between 2 and 5 years-old. Parents of 260 children answered the six domains of the Early Childhood Oral Health Impact Scale (ECOHIS) on their perception of the OHRQoL (outcome). Two calibrated dentists assessed the types of traumatic dental injuries (Kappa = 0.9) and the presence of anterior malocclusion traits (Kappa = 1.0). OHRQoL was measured using the ECOHIS. Poisson regression was used to associate the type of traumatic dental injury and the presence of anterior malocclusion traits to the outcome. The presence of anterior malocclusion traits did not show a negative impact on the overall OHRQoL mean or in each domain. Only complicated traumatic dental injuries showed a negative impact on the symptoms (p = 0.005), psychological (p = 0.029), self image/social interaction (p = 0.004) and family function (p = 0.018) domains and on the overall OHRQoL mean score (p = 0.002). The presence of complicated traumatic dental injuries showed an increased negative impact on the children's quality of life (RR = 1.89; 95% CI = 1.36, 2.63; p < 0.001). Complicated traumatic dental injuries have a negative impact on the OHRQoL of preschool children and their parents, but anterior malocclusion traits do not.
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