The subjective meaning of xerostomia – An aggravating misery

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title The subjective meaning of xerostomia – An aggravating misery
Author(s) Folke, Solgun ; Paulsson, Gun ; Fridlund, Bengt ; Söderfeldt, Björn
Date 2009
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Xerostomia, the subjective sensation of dry mouth, is associated with qualitative and quantitative changes of saliva. Poor health, certain medications and radiation therapy constitute major risk factors. To gain further understanding of this condition the present study explored the main concerns of xerostomia expressed by afflicted adults. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 15 participants and analyzed according to the grounded theory method. An aggravating misery was identified as the core category, meaning that the main concern of xerostomia is its devastating and debilitating impact on multiple domains of well-being. Professional consultation, search for affirmation and social withdrawal were strategies of management. The findings reveal that xerostomia is not a trivial condition for those suffering. Oral impairment as well as physical and psychosocial consequences of xerostomia has a negative impact on quality of life. There is an obvious need to enhance professional competence to improve the compassion for and the support of individuals afflicted by xerostomia.
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Host/Issue International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being;4
Volume 4
ISSN 1748-2631
Pages 245-255
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Grounded theory
oral health related quality of life
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY
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