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An Overview of Oral Health Related Quality of Life

Lucas Guimaraes Abreu*

Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

*Corresponding Author:
Lucas Guimaraes Abreu
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Tel: +55 31 3409-5000
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: October 30, 2015 Accepted date: November 07, 2015 Published date: November 14, 2015

Citation: Abreu LG (2015) An Overview of Oral Health Related Quality of Life. Oral health case Rep 1:e105. doi:10.4172/2471-8726.1000e105

Copyright: © 2015 Abreu LG. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

 

Abstract

Quality of life (QoL) is defined as an individual’s perception of his/her position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which he/she lives and in relation to his/her goals, expectations, standards and concerns. This concept has two fundamental elements: multidimensionality and subjectivity. The former refers to the coverage of a broad range of content, including physical, functional, emotional and social well-being. The latter refers to the fact that quality of life can only be understood from the patient’s perspective. Taking into account those elements and considering the dynamic nature of quality of life, two individuals, showing similar health status, may present different quality of life perspectives depending on their experiences, expectations and perceptions.

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