Impact of the national program More Smiles for Chile on women’s quality of life

Duniel R. Ortuño Borroto Alexis Ahumada Salinas Juan Pablo Vargas Buratovic Claudio Carrasco Mococain Alonso Moreno Ferrer Sebastian Prado Vera

Impact of the national program More Smiles for Chile on women’s quality of life

Authors: Duniel R. Ortuño Borroto Alexis Ahumada Salinas Juan Pablo Vargas Buratovic Claudio Carrasco Mococain Alonso Moreno Ferrer Sebastian Prado Vera
doi: 10.1922/CDH_00077-2020Borroto05

Abstract

More Smiles for Chile (MSCH) is a national program that helps women to access comprehensive dental care. Objective: To assess the changes in oral health related quality of life (OHRQoL) of women attending the MSCH program. Methods: Uncontrolled cohort study including all women registered in the National Health Fund (FONASA), who were at least 20 years old and received dental treatment in the MSCH program during 2016 or 2017 and completed OHIP-7 pre and post treatment. The median was used to describe central tendency and interquartile range to evaluate dispersion. Results: The study included 11782 women in 2016 and 16533 in 2017. The median OHIP-7 scores pre and post treatment were 8 and 6 respectively. Reductions were significant (p<0.001) for the total score and OHIP-7 dimensions, especially physical pain, physiological discomfort and psychological disability. Conclusion: The OHRQoL of women improved after treatment in the Chilean MSCH program. Keywords: Oral Health Related Quality of Life, Chile, OHIP-7, More Smiles for Chile program

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