Measuring Oral Health Status

Theoretical and Methodological Challenges

Published in: Social Science Medicine, v. 38, 1994, p. 1531-1541

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 1993

by Ian D. Coulter, Marvin Marcus, K. A Atchison

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The authors of this article on oral health status indices state that the scope of these measures needs to be expanded so that the indices have the same sort of breadth as general health indices. For example, holistic theories of illness need to be included, as well as both objective and subjective measures of oral health. Qualitative and quantitative methods should be considered in the construction of the indices.

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