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Table 3 Distribution of responses to individual OHIP-14 items and mean item scores ( n= 1460*)

From: Oral health-related quality of life in an aging Canadian population

Dimension and description of item Distribution of responses%   Mean (SD)  
“Because of trouble with your teeth, mouth or dentures during the last year, …” Never (0)/Hardly Ever (1) Occasionally (2) Fairly Often (3)/Very Often (4)    
  Comm. LTC Comm. LTC Comm. LTC Community LTC
Functional limitation         
 have you had trouble pronouncing any words? 92.9   86.7 5.2 7.3   2.0   6.1 0.09 (0.35) 0.19 (0.53)
 have you felt that your sense of taste has worsened? 88.5   88.8 7.5 5.9   4.0   5.3 0.16 (0.46) 0.17 (0.49)
Physical pain
 have you had painful aching in your mouth? 79.7   83.6 15.2 11.8   5.2   4.5 0.25 (0.54) 0.21 (0.51)
 have you found it uncomfortable to eat any foods? 74.8   73.3 17.5 14.6   7.7   12.2 0.33 (0.61) 0.39 (0.69)
Psychological discomfort
 have you been self-conscious? 78.7   74.5 13.1 14.0   8.2   11.6 0.29 (0.61) 0.37 (0.68)
 have you felt tense? 80.2   84.4 12.4 8.0   7.4   7.6 0.27 (0.59) 0.23 (0.58)
Physical disability
 has your diet been unsatisfactory? 86.3   84.5 7.8 7.9   5.9   7.6 0.20 (0.53) 0.23 (0.58)
 have you had to interrupt meals? 91.0   88.8 6.0 6.7   2.9   4.6 0.12 (0.41) 0.16 (0.47)
Psychological disability
 have you found it difficult to relax? 85.4   88.4 9.6 6.4   5.1   5.2 0.20 (0.51) 0.17 (0.49)
 have you been a bit embarrassed? 83.8   82.4 12.2 7.9   4.0   9.7 0.20 (0.49) 0.27 (0.63)
Social disability
 have you been a bit irritable with other people? 86.1   89.1 10.6 7.3   3.3   3.6 0.17 (0.46) 0.15 (0.45)
 have you had difficulty doing your usual jobs? 93.8   93.9 3.9 3.1   2.3   3.1 0.09 (0.35) 0.09 (0.38)
Handicap
 have you felt that life in general was less satisfying? 89.7   87.2 6.6 6.7   3.7   6.1 0.14 (0.44) 0.19 (0.53)
 have you been totally unable to function? 96.1   95.1 2.6 2.4   1.3   2.4 0.05 (0.28) 0.07 (0.34)
  1. *One participant in the community sample did not have complete data for the OHIP-14.