Caracterização da saúde oral e qualidade de vida em idosos institucionalizados de Viseu

  • Sandra Martins Balula (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Introduction: The growth in the Portuguese elderly population, due to an increasing life expectancy, has become conspicuous. Which is a great progress for mankind. However, it is also a public health challenge. Oral health care is fundamental to the general well-being of the individual. Material and methods: Cross-sectional observational study composed of a sample of elderly residents in homes in the District of Viseu. A questionnaire, the GOHAI index and the OHIP-14 index were used to obtain data. Results: The sample consisted of 529 institutionalized elderly, aged 65 years or older. Regarding gender, 69.4% (n=367) were women and 30.6% (n=162) men. According to the GOHAI index, most participants (41.5%) have a "Moder-ate" self-perception of oral health. Regarding the OHIP-14 index the results show that the impact of oral health on the quality of life is low, because the av-erage of the overall OHIP-14 was 15. The "Physical pain" was the most affected dimension (2.70) it was also observed that the dimension with the lowest impact was the "Social Limitation" (1.52). Conclusion: The oral health-related quality of life of the present study is generally reasonable. However, there are participants whose impact of oral health on quality of life is significant. In this way, it is important to develop knowledge about oral health in the elderly in order to promote training in this area and improve the level of oral health of the geriatric patient.
Date of Award20 Jul 2022
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorNélio Jorge Veiga (Supervisor), Patrícia Couto (Co-Supervisor) & Ana Silva (Co-Supervisor)


  • Oral health
  • Quality of life
  • Geriatric patients
  • OHIP-14
  • Institutionalized elderly


  • Mestrado em Medicina Dentária

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