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'1pm' Seminar Series
Title: ‘Developing and Testing an Oral Health-Related Quality of life Measure for Children/ Adolescents with Down syndrome’
Speaker: Ms AlBandary Al Jameel
Date & Time: Tuesday 12th March 1pm-2pm
Venue: G37 & G38
Although there has been a dramatic improvement in oral health status over the past few decades, this might not be the case among children with disabilities. Studies among people with intellectual disabilities (IDs) indicated that they have problems such as poor oral health, more untreated dental caries and higher prevalence of gingivitis and other periodontal diseases compared to general population. In the field of oral health related quality of life, studies have revealed that oral health influences psychological/ social wellbeing and satisfaction in the general population, and there is no reason to suggest that there is any difference for people with IDs. However, this cannot be confirmed due to the scarcity of the studies aimed at assessing oral health-related quality of life among people with IDs. In addition, there is no instrument/tool that has been developed specifically to measure how oral health status might impact on different aspects of quality of life of people with IDs. Therefore, this research aims to develop and test a measure to assess the oral health-related quality of life of children/adolescents with IDs and more specifically those with Down syndrome.
AlBandary graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) from King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, with honours. In Sep 2011 she was awarded an MSc with distinction in Dental Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL. AlBandary started her PhD research in Oct 2012 under the supervision of Dr George Tsakos, Prof Richard Watt and Dr Blanaid Daly.
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