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Quality of life and problems associated with obturators of patients with maxillectomies

Overview of attention for article published in Head & Face Medicine, January 2018
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Title
Quality of life and problems associated with obturators of patients with maxillectomies
Published in
Head & Face Medicine, January 2018
DOI 10.1186/s13005-017-0160-2
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Authors

Marwa Mohammed Ali, Nadia Khalifa, Mohammed Nasser Alhajj

Abstract

Maxillary defects predispose patients to different undesirable effects. The aim of this study was to assess the quality of life (QoL) of patients with maxillary defects (acquired/congenital) wearing obturators. The study comprised 30 patients aged between 16 and 78 years. Interviews were conducted to collect information pertaining to patients; sociodemographic, self-reported function of obturator using Obturator Functioning Scale (OFS), self-evaluation of general health using Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), radiotherapy treatment, salivary gland removal, reconstructive surgery, neck dissection and length of time obturators were worn. Clinical examination included type of maxillectomy, Aramany classification of the defect, and evaluation of obturator function using the Kapur retention and stability scoring system. Quality of life was affected significantly by marital status (P = 0.026). Married patients had better quality of life 61.3%, followed by divorced patients 38.8%, widowed 37.3% and the least QoL was detected in single patients 36.5%. Significant association between the type of maxillectomy and QoL was detected (P = 0.002). Retention of obturator prosthesis had a highly significant association with QoL (P < 0.001). Type of maxillectomy had a significant relation with obturator retention (P = 0.005). Stability had a significant correlation with QoL (P = 0.022). Obturator wearers who were treated with radiotherapy had lower QoL than those who were not treated with radiotherapy. Rehabilitation of patients with maxillary defects using obturator prosthesis is an appropriate and not invasive treatment modality. Results support that good obturators contribute to a better life quality.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 90 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 19 21%
Student > Bachelor 10 11%
Student > Postgraduate 6 7%
Researcher 5 6%
Lecturer 4 4%
Other 15 17%
Unknown 31 34%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 41 46%
Nursing and Health Professions 4 4%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 2 2%
Arts and Humanities 1 1%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 1 1%
Other 2 2%
Unknown 39 43%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 15 January 2018.
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#7,380,938
of 12,368,793 outputs
Outputs from Head & Face Medicine
#75
of 249 outputs
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#203,781
of 396,285 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Head & Face Medicine
#2
of 9 outputs
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