A/Prof Dr Zamros Yuzadi Mohd Yusof obtained his Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the Queen’s University of Belfast in 1997. He pursued his vocational training in England and subsequently worked with the Newcastle-upon-Tyne NHS Trust from 1997-2004. He completed a Master degree in Dental Public Health from the University of London in 2004 and obtained the Membership of the Royal College of Surgeon of England (DDPH) in the same year. He joined University of Malaya in 2005 and completed his PhD with distinction in 2013. A/Prof Dr Zamros is listed in the Malaysian National Specialists Register since 2011. His primary research interest is in Health Promotion and related Quality of Life (QoL). He was a principal investigator of a study on the oral health impact of health-promoting schools in Malaysia. Currently, he is involved in several research projects related to health promotion primarily aimed at school children and QoL. He has published numerous scientific papers in high impact journals and has also translated and validated several OHRQoL instruments to measure oral health promotion outcomes. A/Prof Dr Zamros has been appointed by the Oral Health Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia as an expert panel in the steering committee for national oral health survey of preschool children 2015.
Oral-health related Quality of Life Measures: Evaluating the impact of Health Promotion in Children
Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over and improve their health (WHO, 1986). The ultimate aim of health promotion programmes is to improve health and quality of life of individuals and the community including oral health. In order to assess improvement in oral health-related quality of life, it is crucial that the assessment tools are valid and reliable for the specific population. In children, assessing changes in oral health-related quality of life as a result of health promotion programme poses a unique challenge for dental officers due to children’s limitations in understanding and interpreting OHRQoL items and concepts. Although children have a unique perspective of their own health, and may be able to provide invaluable information to health care professionals, health planners, and health policy makers, they may be too young to provide a true impression of his or her well-being. This presentation will discuss on the issues and challenges related to the assessment of oral health-related quality of life outcomes in preschool and school children. Examples of two cross-culturally adapted instruments for school children will be discussed.