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Self-perceived Oral Health, Satisfaction with Overall Health and Quality of Life Comparisons between Patients with Oral Lichen Planus and their Matched Controls

Jolanta Aleksejuniene, Arunas Rimkevicius, Alina Puriene, Ruta Rasteniene

Keywords : General health, Oral lichen planus, Quality of life, Self-reported oral health

Citation Information : Aleksejuniene J, Rimkevicius A, Puriene A, Rasteniene R. Self-perceived Oral Health, Satisfaction with Overall Health and Quality of Life Comparisons between Patients with Oral Lichen Planus and their Matched Controls. J Contemp Dent 2019; 9 (1):1-7.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10031-1248

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-06-2019

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2019; The Author(s).


Background: Oral lichen planus (OLP) is one of the most prevalent oral mucosal diseases. Aims: The aim of this study is to compare the quality of life, self-perceived oral health, satisfaction with health, and their potential predictors in OLP patients and their matched controls. Materials and methods: The study included 132 cases and 133 controls matched to cases by age, gender, and urbanization. The information about disease-related outcomes and predictors was acquired from a structured questionnaire and supplemented with interviews. Results: OLP patients had worse self-perceived oral health and lower quality of life and were less satisfied with their health as compared to their matched controls. The worse self-reported oral health was predicted by having OLP (OR = 3.9), oral disease's negative impact on daily life (OR = 3.0), and disease's impediment to eating (OR = 3.8). Lower satisfaction with overall health was predicted by having multiple systemic conditions (OR = 1.4) and reporting an oral disease's negative impact on daily life (OR = 2.6). The only significant predictor for dissatisfaction with the quality of life was reporting the oral disease's negative impact on daily life (OR = 2.4). Conclusion: Oral disease's negative impact on daily life was a significant predictor for all three-study outcomes: worse self-reported oral health, lower satisfaction with overall health, and lower quality of life.

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