Oranga niho me ngā tangata whaiora: Oral health and Māori mental health patients

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12 June 2015
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This research report explores rehabilitative dental treatment provided to a small group of Māori mental health patients within the Western Bay of Plenty and how this contributes to improved mental health functioning, oral health and quality of life.

Prior to receiving the dental health care provided in the study, all participants reported episodes of dental problems (such as pain or toothache), having sought only emergency care in the past, and having unmet dental treatment needs.

The researchers found that following oral rehabilitation, participants reported a positive improvement in their psycho-social well-being, oral function, self-esteem, relationships, and dynamics within their immediate social environment.

This publication is available on the University of Otago website.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    12 June 2015
  • Citation:
    Steinman M., Nichol J., Wright S., Johnson R., Johnson M., McGibbon M., Laing B., Hikaro P. 2013. Oranga niho me ngā tangata whaiora: Oral health and Māori mental health patients. Dunedin: University of Otago.
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    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:

    Third-party content. Please check the document or email the Web Manager to find out how to obtain permission to re-use content.

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