Enhancing Oral Health-Related Quality of Life Of Villagers in Selected Districts of Negeri Sembilan in The Context of Kampung Mizan
USIM is promoting the concept of Kampung Mizan in community living that reflects residing in harmony in all facets of life ranging from social, psychological, cultural, environmental (built and natural), occupational, health and religion to achieve public good. The Faculty of Dentistry is involved in this endeavour through the Kampung Mizan quality of life research cluster with the topic “Enhancing oral health-related quality of life of villagers in selected districts of Negeri Sembilan in the context of Kampung Mizan”. The objective of this study is to determine the oral health care perceptions and behaviours of the elders in Kuala Pilah in relation to their oral health-related quality of life. This project consists of oral examination within the community engagement programme and questionnaire survey. The calibration exercise for clinical examiners was completed two months ago.
Our project was also approved by the Faculty of Dentistry Ethics Committee. It is also recognized that there exist a reciprocal influence of oral health and general health for attainment of overall well-being. In this regard, the quality of life research cluster is a cooperative and collaborative effort between the Faculty of Dentistry and Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. It consists of the use of the validated Malay version of the General Oral Health Assessment Index (GOHAI) that is combined with the questionnaire from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences as a consolidated questionnaire. The respondents will be from the urban, semi-urban and rural communities. At present, the questionnaire was completed by the urban community in Negeri Sembilan. This research will also include oral examinations of those involved in responding to the questionnaire as well as other members of the community who participates in this Health Carnival. It is expected that this study will bring follow-up activities to achieve oral health for improved health and enhanced quality of life of the communities in Negeri Sembilan.